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Vol. 23, No. 2: Summer 2017

  //  summer 2017

Cowboys in Love Valley. The Atlanta Cyclorama. Braceros of Ciudad Juárez. A natural history of Bonaventure. Freedom at McLeod Plantation. And more!

Table of Contents

Front Porch (Summer 2017)

by Harry Watson
In Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun, the character Gavin Stevens famously declares that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Stevens’s judgment on the power of history seemed profound when I first read it, back in college. It’s still true today, but now it’s become a platitude, a staple of presidential speeches and »
Photo Essay

Love Valley

Pt. 1: Miscellaneous Horses

by Michaela O’Brien
I think I’d been there five minutes when Larry pulled up alongside me in a golf cart, abruptly. My camera dangled from my neck as I approached him. “You know there’s a fifty dollar fine for taking photos in Love Valley.”


An Atlanta Monument

by Daniel Judt
On May 1, 1886, Jefferson Davis visited Atlanta for the last time. He had agreed to speak at the unveiling of a statue of the late Georgia senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. The former president of the Confederacy looked gaunt and frail. He sat on stage during the ceremony, and one might imagine that the crowd »

Taming the Wild Side of Bonaventure

Tourism and the Contested Southern Landscape

by William D. Bryan
In 1869, twenty-nine-year-old John Muir left his home in Indianapolis and began to walk south. With Florida as his goal, Muir botanized his way through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia, before stopping in Savannah. There, he ran out of money and had to spend almost a week “camping among the tombs” in Bonaventure Cemetery, »

“Return and Get It”

Developing McLeod Plantation as a Shared Space of Historical Memory

by Brian Graves
On April 25th, 2015, the Charleston Country Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) officially opened the McLeod Plantation Historic Site (MPHS) on James Island, South Carolina. At first glance, the site appears to have the usual trappings of other plantation tourist destinations in the region: a Spanish moss-draped oak alley leading to the antebellum “big house,” »
Photo Essay

Faces of Time

The Braceros of Ciudad Juárez

by Charles D. Thompson Jr.
Across the Rio Grande at El Paso, Texas—a city so named because it was the crossing Spaniards used to reach the country north and west of the river—sits its sister city, Ciudad Juárez. Before the Mexican-American War, the river was simply a geographical barrier within Mexico, so both sides were the same town. Today, the »

A Foodless Neighborhood in a “Foodie” Town

Tracing Scarcity in Asheville's East End Neighborhood

by Nina Flagler Hall
In 2000, to usher in the new millennium, my husband and I bought a crack house in Asheville’s East End. This was not a glib assessment of one of those abandoned houses you see with overgrown bushes in the front yard, a sad, sagging porch, and a rumored history of violence, although the house had »

Race and Subregional Persistence in a Changing South

by Seth McKee
Although other issues structure the party system in the southern United States, the dividing line of race, more than any other factor, accounts for the relative electoral strength of the Democratic and Republican parties. After the end of Reconstruction (circa 1877), the southern Democratic Party maintained the racial status quo through massive Black disfranchisement. But »

Still Learning

by Brenda K. Johnson
After the eighth chicken and dumpling bowl was stacked back in the cupboard and the rest of our extended family had departed for home or a nap, Mema and I took long walks on Sunday afternoons through endless pine and oak in the backcountry of southeastern North Carolina. Out of my Sunday dress and into »

Threads, End of Another Day

by Michael Chitwood
Threads would cling to them,pants, purses, yokes of dresses,as they walked or trotted across the parking lot, releasedby the four o’clock bell. In the building at my backI could feel the throb of second shiftworking the fine strandsthat, which was it?, held them upor held them back from better lives. Country tunes trailed them out »

Goldband Records

A Peek Inside this Southern Folklife Collection

by Steven Weiss
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