Unsettling Histories of the South

The Great Migration South, by Hatty Ruth Miller, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30, 2008.

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Unsettling Histories of the South

by Angela Hudson
Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 3: Left/Right

"Embracing [indigenous] societies as an essential part of southern history may confound the question 'Where is the South?' but also asks provocatively, 'When is the South?'"

Native people and topics appear infrequently in much conventional southern history—even that which takes race and ethnicity as its primary lens. When they do appear, they often do so spectrally, are set apart from other subjects, and are presumed to have played only minor roles in the development of the field’s big-ticket topics: slavery, the Civil War, and civil rights.