This issue explores: Driving Miss Daisy and other provocative cinema, NASCAR legends on how Bill France broke their union; Clyde Edgerton’s fight for creative freedom; the basketball coach who resisted segregation; photos from southern graveyards; and forty defining moments of the twentieth-century South.
"What's next -- a Charles Manson retrospective?"
"Who could be freer than one of these stock-car racers moving easily and gloriously between the glamour of moonshining and the thrill of roaring engines on dirt tracks, with plenty of hard living, hard partying, and wild women at every stage?"
"'I have a pistol and I know how to use it. I've used it before.'"
"Freezing time is a tricky science."
"'Now, Miss Daisy, somebody done bomb that temple back yonder, and you know it.'"
"'There were a lot of people who supported Clyde, but they just did not feel comfortable voicing any kind of support. There was this element of fear.'"
"One of the best ways to play the game is avoid confrontation. The next is to make the adversary ridiculous."
"The subtle yet significant distance established between the speaker of this persona poem and its author asks us here at the beginning of the 21st century whether much has changed."
"It will surprise no one to see that the two big stories of the twentieth-century South are the transition from an agricultural to an urban society and the transformation effected by the Civil Rights movement."
"'No shirt, no sleeves, no service. . . . No guns.'"