Vol. 14, No. 1: Spring 2008

Vol. 14, No. 1: Spring 2008

Buffalo Gals, the Wildest Show in the South, and sentimental poetry. You’ll find that and much more in our Spring 2008 issue.

Front Porch: Spring 2008

by Harry L. Watson

"It's not hard to see how nostalgia could become a southern theme song."

Bottomland Ghost: Southern Encounters and Obsessions with the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

by Michael K. Steinberg

"Until the announcement in 2005 of the rediscovery of the ivory-bill, there had not been a broadly accepted ivory-bill for sixty years."

The Wildest Show in the South: The Politics and Poetics of the Angola Prison Rodeo and Inmate Arts Festival

by Melissa A. Schrift

"Against the brutal backdrop of its own history Angola now poses itself as a progressive prison."


by Keri McLeod

"I shot primarily under low light, which allowed mystery to sink into each image and space."

On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry: Nostalgia, Sex, and the Souths of William Alexander Percy

by Benjamin E. Wise

"'What I wrote seemed to me more essentially myself than anything I did or said.'"


by William Alexander Percy

"There is a land beyond the lands you know . . ."

Molasses-Colored Glasses: WPA and Sundry Sources on Molasses and Southern Foodways

by Frederick Douglass Opie

"Poor white and black southerners ate molasses in some form with almost every meal."

Buffalo Gals

by Elaine Neil Orr

"A Buffalo Gal would not be bowled over by every little thing that came along."

Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History (Review)

by Leonard Rogoff

Brandeis University Press, 2006

Toxic Drift: Pesticides and Health in the Post-World War II South (Review)

by Otis L. Graham

Louisiana State University Press, 2005

The Nation’s Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism (Review)

by Michael Kreyling

University of Georgia Press, 2006

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Review)

by Brian Douglas Steele

HarperCollins, 2005

All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality (Review)

by Barbara Brown Taylor

University of Alabama Press, 2006

Minstrelsy and Murder: The Crisis of Southern Humor, 1835-1925 (Review)

by Johanna Nicol Shields

Louisiana State University Press, 2006