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Vol. 6, No. 3: Fall 2000

  //  fall 2000

In this issue: Why America still needs the South. Dueling honor on southern campuses. The secrets of Janis Joplin. Confessions of a Chapel Hill liberal. New poetry by Michael McFee. A visit to Virginia’s “Bridge of God.”

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Letter to the Editor: We Get Hammered

by John Michael Vlach, Janet Seapker
“The use of the F-word was completely unnecessary. I am very disappointed.” Sure, we should have seen it coming. A little more foresight, and we might have avoided having to publish all these letters primarily concerned with administering a good hammering. (In case you’re wondering, we play the role of the nail.) Perhaps when we »

Front Porch: Fall 2000

by Harry L. Watson
“Nostalgia’s just not what it used to be.” The pain of loss is a staple theme in southern culture. From Rocky Top to Swanee River, crooning drifters year for home. The prophet warns that Jesus will come back and the bluesman wails that his baby will not. The gospel artist longs for loved ones on »

Adolescent Honor and College Student Behavior in the Old South

by Christopher A. Bjornsen, Robert F. Pace
“Herbert rushed to Greene’s aid, armed with a nine-and-a-half-inch knife and a pistol.” January 25, 1848 started like any other day for University of Alabama student Edward Baptist. Due to give a recitation in class, he practiced in his room, determined to please his professor. But a childish prank would change his life forever. While »

Southern Scenes: Original Photographs

by Dan Sears
“So far Dan Sears has ‘logged over 1300 miles,’ and he has found some of the most artfully crafted images we’ve ever published.” Former AP and UPI photographer Dan Sears says that his “Southern Scenes” is “an on-going personal project to document vistas and sights that are disappearing from the South.” For Sears, photography is »

The Bridge of Words: Encounters with Virginia’s Natural Bridge

by Daniel J. Philippon
“Ever since Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Natural Bridge to be ‘the most sublime of nature’s works,’ visitors have been flocking to this limestone arch.” Ever since Thomas Jefferson proclaimed the Natural Bridge to be “the most sublime of Nature’s works,” visitors have been flocking to this limestone arch, located between what are now the cities »

Southern Distinctiveness, Yet Again, or, Why America Still Needs the South

by Larry J. Griffin
“When we talk of the South, are we talking about the South of Southern Living, a South that is enviably affluent and peopled almost exclusively by gracious whites who seem to do little more than cook gourmet meals and tend to their luscious gardens?” In 1976 the Democratic Party nominated a true blue son of »
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