Vol. 16, No. 4: Winter 2010

Vol. 16, No. 4: Winter 2010

In the Winter Issue, Hal Crowther takes on H. L. Mencken, blackberries become currency after the Civil War, Cowboy Troy’s “hick-hop” lights up Texas, experts rethink North/South boundaries, and we visit the visionary architecture of Reverend H. D. Dennis.

Front Porch: Winter 2010

by Harry L. Watson

"The South's diversity not only has room for 'High Culture,' it also shelters a range of vernacular cultures that Mencken barely recognized. As a result, the meaning of 'southern cultures' is far more fluid and unpredictable than he and many others recognize."

The View from Mencken’s Tomb

by Hal Crowther

"He was a verbal bully with a bully pulpit, more entertainer than sly persuader; in terms of reach and impact, a modern equivalent would be someone like Rush Limbaugh, although Mencken's demographic share was predominantly young and intelligent while Limbaugh's is old and stupid."

“A recourse that could be depended upon”

by Bruce E. Baker

"Nineteenth-century newspaper accounts tell of snake attacks. Hornets, as my brother could tell you, can be a problem, and bears are not unheard of."

Playing Chicken With the Train: Cowboy Troy’s Hick-Hop and the Transracial Country West

by Adam Gussow

"'My belt buckle is my bling-bling. It's just going to keep getting bigger.'"

Getting There

by Peter Makuck

"After two pricey tickets for speeding on Highways 17 and 43, their endless billboards screaming like previews of a coronary, I had to slow down."

Rethinking the Boundaries of the South

by H. Gibbs Knotts, Christopher A. Cooper

"We can place the South into three categories: 'southern to the core,' 'pretty darn southern,' and 'sorta southern.'"

Home of the Double-Headed Eagle: The Visionary Vernacular Architecture of Reverend H.D. Dennis and Margaret Dennis

by Ali Colleen Neff

"In the deep peripheral ravines settled by the descendants of local sharecroppers, The Home of the Double-Headed Eagle shoots up from a long row of kudzu-covered shotgun shacks and cracked pavement to entangle passerby."

General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse by Joseph Glatthaar (Review)

by Gerald J. Prokopowicz

Simon & Schuster, 2008

Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in the Jim Crow South, 1890-1940 by Amy Louise Wood (Review)

by Seth Kotch

University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America by David A. Taylor (Review)

by Robert Hunt Ferguson

Wiley, 2009