Tag: Virginia

Notes from Atlantis

Notes from Atlantis

Richard Knox Robinson

Photographs by Richard Knox Robinson.

Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River

Grace Hale

A new installment of our Shutter series on photography to accompany Southern Cultures’s special “Human/ Nature” Issue. Grace Hale discusses the work of artist Dave Woody and his photographs of the James River around Richmond, Virginia.

Snapshot: Fish Display, 2014

Snapshot: Fish Display, 2014

Richard Knox Robinson

For this short “Snapshot” feature, photographers selected one of their photographs and wrote a short reflection on what it shows us about the ever-shifting relationship between people and place in the South.

A Totally Different Form of Living

A Totally Different Form of Living

Justin Hosbey

This article is a critical reflection that explores the histories of water, marronage, and Black placemaking in the southern United States. It uses insights from history, ethnography, and cultural geography to connect the dual histories of racial slavery and environmental degradation in the Tidewater region of Virginia and the Mississippi Delta. This essay argues that, during slavery, swamps, bayous, rivers, and wetlands were geographies in which a fleeting Black commons could be sustained hidden away from the violence of the plantation. These same ecologies are now under extreme duress from coastal subsidence, the petrochemical industry, and climate change. This reflection argues that by charting the meaningful cultural, spiritual, intellectual, and practical insights of Black southern communities, an alternative ecological practice born of maroon imaginaries might be developed that could resist the degradation of these vulnerable southern ecologies.

Snapshot: Yellow Finch, 2019

Snapshot: Yellow Finch, 2019

Laura Saunders

For this short “Snapshot” feature, photographers selected one of their photographs and wrote a short reflection on what it shows us about the ever-shifting relationship between people and place in the South.

How to Become a Woman

How to Become a Woman

Gregory Samantha Rosenthal
Policing Immorality in a Virginia Girls’ Reformatory

Policing Immorality in a Virginia Girls’ Reformatory

Erin N. Bush
Hannah Mary’s Corn Pone

Hannah Mary’s Corn Pone

Bernard L. Herman, with illustrations by Nate Beaty
CUT IT CLEAN

CUT IT CLEAN

Sara Wood
The Scent of Corn

The Scent of Corn

Bernard L. Herman, with illustrations by Nate Beaty
Philip N. J. Wythe’s Headstone

Philip N. J. Wythe’s Headstone

Ryan K. Smith
The Color of Their Skin: Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia, 1954-89 (review)

The Color of Their Skin: Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia, 1954-89 (review)

George W. Noblit