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Remembering Lynching

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On February 10, 2015
The Equal Justice Initiative has researched a new history of lynching, documenting nearly 4000 lynchings in the South, including attempts to find the precise locations where they took place. The hope is thus to memorialize these spots with historical markers and other forms of interpretation. That can be powerful–after all, if that tree right over […]

The Old South Returns

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On August 14, 2014
Chris McDaniel may be the most known example, but the Tea Party in the South has always been about the return of the post-Civil War race baiting white South to respectable politics. Who are the real ancestors of the Tea Party? We often think of the typical segregationist politician of yore as a genteel member […]

Passing as Indian

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On July 19, 2014
This is a fascinating piece on African-Americans negotiating the Jim Crow South by putting a turban on their heads and claiming they were Indian. Which worked, as they avoided the racial laws. Also, you can read about who must be the only black Lutheran in history.

Read of the Day

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On August 28, 2013

Gabriel Winant’s long-form book review of Walter Johnson’s River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. A brief excerpt: People, too, suffered the violence of abstractio

Lomax Recordings

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On August 22, 2013
This is super cool. Old news, but I didn’t know about it and I assume most of you didn’t either. Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are , many for the first time. It’s part of what Lomax […]

The Southern Thing

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On August 21, 2013

Patterson Hood with a long essay on what has become his lasting statement, as much as he might not always be comfortable with it, the duality of the southern thing, particularly in the context of a So

Southern Problems

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On January 29, 2013

George Packer’s comments on the terribleness of Southern politics has inspired a number of responses, most notably from Gary Wills. These discussions frustrate me though for a number of reasons.

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