Doris Betts rides through the Cumberland Gap. Louis D. Rubin Jr. refights the Civil War. John Shelton Reed sizes up a southern face-slapping contest. Anthony Walton discovers Mississippi in Chicagoland. A lost husband hears the unmistakable crack of southern thunder. We wonder just what to do with our Confederate symbols. Explore it all in the Spring 2002 Issue!
"Southern Cultures deems the very subject matter of its existence to be unworthy of capitalization."
"I remember the fearsome urgency in my mother's voice when she told me once that 'in this part of the country, when people say the War they still mean the Civil War.'"
"For hours I would practice in front of a mirror that trick of merely narrowing both eyes with anger, a tiny movement sure to strike terror into crooked card players and rustlers."
"If only someone hadn't wrapped Lee's marching orders around a couple cigars and then dropped them on the way to Maryland for General McClellan to find in 1862. . . . If only history hadn't happened as it did."
"It took my experience in the North to teach me that I am first and last a southerner, as I was raised to be."
"When General Robert E. Lee is commemorated, what do we do with the fact that he was a racist?"
"First of all, what is it with Mississippi?"
". . . the land is long given up for dead and farmers have disinherited the sky . . ."
University of Virginia Press, 2001. (Originally published by Morrow, 1962.)
University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2001.
Blackwell Ink, Inc., 2000.