The Southern Autobiographical Impulse

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The Southern Autobiographical Impulse

by J. Bill Berry
Southern Cultures, Vol. 6, No. 1: Five-Year Anniversary Issue

"It's loyalty to the wrong that's the true test of character."

The questions are simple. Is there a southern autobiographical impulse, and if so, what are its sources? How does it express itself, and how does it differ from other American autobiographical impulses? Have the impulse and its expression changed over time, and if so, why? Is there a territory ahead, and what does it look like?