Vol. 2, No. 3/4: 1996

Vol. 2, No. 3/4: 1996

Hodding Carter III on southern politics. Tupelo, Mississippi—real and imagined. Roots of South Louisiana swamp pop. Kentucky mountain feuds. Journalist Ben Robertson as social critic. Erskine Caldwell’s God’s Little Acre and class. Louisiana’s Goldband Recording Corporation collection comes to UNC. Porch-sitting and southern tradition. And the age-old question: fireworks or shotguns on New Year’s Eve? Our second year of publishing closes with a bang!

Front Porch: Fall/Winter 1996

by Harry L. Watson

"It will come as no surprise to modern South-watchers that things just aren't what they used to be."

Looking Back

by Hodding Carter III

"Can a prominent Mississippi liberal love the Battle Flag? The answer may surprise you."

Tupelo, Mississippi: Place and Name

by Thomas Harvey

"Tupelo is one of the most-mentioned place names in southern geography. The author takes a look at Tupelo's evolving image."

Twistin’ at the Fais Do-Do: The Roots of South Louisiana’s Swamp Pop Music

by Shane K. Bernard

"Like zydeco and Cajun music, swamp pop is vital to the cultural identity of Cajun and Creole country."

“Where the Sun Set Crimson and the Moon Rose Red”: Writing Appalachia and the Kentucky Mountain Feuds

by Dwight K. Billings, Kathleen M. Blee

Convinved in advance that mountain people were benighted and degenerate, outsiders shaped the lore of feuding to suit their own purposes.

The Affable Journalist as Social Critic: Ben Robertson and the Early Twentieth-Century South

by Lacy K. Ford

"The distinguished South Carolina journalist grappled with the issues of class, race, and industrialization in the South of the 1930s and 1940s."

The Novel as Social History: Erskine Caldwell’s “God’s Little Acre” and Class Relations in the New South

by Bryant Simon

"The author explores deep divisions between early-twentieth-century South Carolina's farmers and mill hands as seen in the work of Erskine Caldwell and in recent labor history."

And Gently He Shall Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in Mississippi, and Local People: The Struggle For Civil Rights in Mississippi by Eric Burner (Review)

by Brian Ward

NYU Press, 1995

The Confederate Republic: A Revolution Against Politics by George C. Rable (Review)

by Lacy K. Ford Jr.

The University of North Carolina Press, 2007

Conflict of Interests: Organized Labor and the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954-1968 by Alan Draper (Review)

by John Salmond

ILR Press, 1994

William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American Higher Education by William A. Link (Review)

by Clarence L. Mohr

The University of North Carolina Press, 1997

Black Charlestonians: A Social History, 1822-1885 by Bernard E. Powers (Review)

by Charles Pete T. Banner-Haley

University of Arkansas Press, 1994

Good Country People: An Irregular Journal of the Cultures of Eastern North Carolina, Essays by Stanley Knick, Chris Wilson, Alex Albright, Milton Quigless, and Tom Patterson edited by Arthur Mann Kaye and Plankhouse by Shelby Stevenson, with photographs by Roger Manley (Review)

by James Applewhite

North Carolina Wesleyan College Press 1995, 1993

Living Monuments: Confederate Soldiers’ Homes in the New South by R. B. Rosenburg (Review)

by Karen L. Cox

University of North Carolina Press, 1993

At the Falls: Richmond, Virginia, and Its People by Marie Tyler-McGraw (Review)

by Christopher Silver

University of North Carolina Press, 1994

The Fish Factory: Work and Meaning for Black and White Fisherman of the American Menhaden Industry by Barbara J. Garrity-Blake (Review)

by Michael Luster

The University of Tennessee Press, 1994

Happy New Year!

by John Shelton Reed

"Examining the persistence of a pyrotechnic custom."

Swampland Jewels: Louisiana’s Goldband Collection Comes to the University of North Carolina

by Steve Green

"A firsthand look at the artisitc and business records of south Louisiana's Goldband enterprises."

Porch-Sitting as a Creative Southern Tradition

by Trudier Harris, Roland L. Freeman

"I have recently been reflecting on the significance of the porch in the South, on what that space allows and what it means."