Vol. 7, No. 2: Summer 2001

Vol. 7, No. 2: Summer 2001

This issue explores: Driving Miss Daisy and other provocative cinema, NASCAR legends on how Bill France broke their union; Clyde Edgerton’s fight for creative freedom; the basketball coach who resisted segregation; photos from southern graveyards; and forty defining moments of the twentieth-century South.

Letters to the Editor: “The First National Obnoxious People Survey”

by Randolph N. Waller

"What's next -- a Charles Manson retrospective?"

Front Porch: Summer 2001

by Harry L. Watson

"Who could be freer than one of these stock-car racers moving easily and gloriously between the glamour of moonshining and the thrill of roaring engines on dirt tracks, with plenty of hard living, hard partying, and wild women at every stage?"

The Most Southern Sport on Earth: NASCAR and the Unions

by Daniel S. Pierce

"'I have a pistol and I know how to use it. I've used it before.'"

Talking Tombstones: Living Graveyards of the South

by Charlie Curtis

"Freezing time is a tricky science."

Driving Miss Daisy: Southern Jewishness on the Big Screen

by Eliza R. L. McGraw

"'Now, Miss Daisy, somebody done bomb that temple back yonder, and you know it.'"

The Raney Controversy: Clyde Edgerton’s Fight for Creative Freedom

by George Hovis

"'There were a lot of people who supported Clyde, but they just did not feel comfortable voicing any kind of support. There was this element of fear.'"

“A Position of Respect”: A Basketball Coach Who Resisted Segregation

by John B. McLendon, Pamela Grundy

"One of the best ways to play the game is avoid confrontation. The next is to make the adversary ridiculous."

The Chinaberry Trees in Niggertown

by Andrew Hudgins

"The subtle yet significant distance established between the speaker of this persona poem and its author asks us here at the beginning of the 21st century whether much has changed."

Forty Defining Moments of the Twentieth-Century South

by John Shelton Reed

"It will surprise no one to see that the two big stories of the twentieth-century South are the transition from an agricultural to an urban society and the transformation effected by the Civil Rights movement."

Call Me a Pogophile and We’ll Take It Outside

by Bryan Albin Giemza

"'No shirt, no sleeves, no service. . . . No guns.'"