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Vol. 25, No. 2: Inside / Outside

Front Porch: Inside/Outside

by Marcie Cohen Ferris

“The South has much to teach about the dangers and opportunities of belonging and exclusion, of being inside and outside the American experience.”

In which I out myself as a southern outsider/insider. Raised a Jewish southerner, I am married to an agnostic folklorist from Mississippi with whom I share progressive politics. My household supports small-scale farms and local food producers and makers in our region. I fear that industrial agriculture—and its historical ties to the plantocracy—is detrimental to the well-being of thousands of southerners (human and animal) and the environment. I recognize the daily impacts of climate change on our state, most dramatically seen in the devastating flooding and economic damage caused by Hurricane Florence in fall 2018.

This article appears as an abstract above, the complete article can be accessed in Project Muse
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