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Confederate Land Art: The Apotheosis of Racist Iconography

Paul Gunther | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

As South Carolina's Capitol grounds and other jurisdictions decide the fate of their most prominent emblems of past oppression and contemporary reaction, Stone Mountain guarantees that at least one Confederate icon will loom over the South's largest city for as long into the future as mankind can foresee.

To the North, From the South

Caroline Giegerich | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Caroline Giegerich

We, the South, are not just Confederate flags and racist gunmen. We're not just BBQ and cornbread. We're not a collection of dunces because we drive slower than you do or choose to greet someone in a store rather than glare at them in silence. We smile and we don't take ourselves too seriously.

The South Deserves More Than a Rebel Flag

Nicholas Pierce | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Nicholas Pierce

As a proud son of Dixie, I reject this symbol of oppression. Both on behalf of my African-American countrymen and on behalf of my fallen ancestors. The Confederate Flag must fall -- first from our hearts, and then from our capitols.

Bobby Jindal Becomes 13th GOP Candidate

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But Jindal's time might have passed -- if it ever even existed. He's not as fresh a face on the political scene as he once was.

The Word That Will Change the World

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

As long as we divide the world between "us" and "them," what happened in South Carolina will continue to happen until we start using the word that will change the world: WE.

Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

Burns Strider | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Burns Strider

Initiative 42 matters to a group of dedicated and hard working Mississippians who have raised more than $2 million and organized as 42 for Better Schools to pass this important initiative.

You're Either on the Bus or Off the Bus: Rise of the Rest Goes to Richmond

Ross Baird | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Ross Baird

Collaboration is like riding a bus. You may not get to pick the route, food, or snacks; you may have to wait for other people; and you just might be crammed a little together.

National Parks Turn To Drones To Help Combat Rhino Poaching

Reuters | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology designed by Spanish engineers will be used to fight rhino poachers in national parks in Africa. The ranger dr...

Who Is My Mother?

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 01.28.2015 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

Daddy was a very mild-mannered gentleman... he was never the type to yell, shout, etc. His style was reasoning. Except once.

Maryland Turkey... Not a Nutritious Bite in It!

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 01.03.2015 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

Why is it that things that taste good are usually contain nothing nutritious at all? As a student at Auburn University in the late 1970's, I remember...

Thee Hobo Gobbelins: A Perfect Halloween Album

Melissa Webster | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Thee Hobo Gobbelins' Oddities and Entities may well be the perfect Halloween album. Every song tells a weird scary story to a folk rock, spooky-night-at-a-barn-dance, hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time that leaves one a little bit creeped out.

How Right-Wing Paranoia Is Driving New Wave Of Radicals

Salon | MATTHEW PULVER | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

Southern voters will go to the polls in November 150 years, almost to the day, after Gen. Sherman commenced his March to the Sea, breaking the back of...

Mustard Greens and Pot Liquor Love

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 11.23.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

The way to my heart is not fancy chocolates, furs, or diamonds. It is mustard greens and a glass of pot liquor.

Black Gay Men, Advocacy, Memory and the South

Charles Stephens | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

One can look historically, without resorting to nostalgia. As black people and certainly as black gay men we should know as well as anyone that history is more horror than romance. Anyway, nostalgia in American culture, more often than not, is a function of the privileged.

On Health Insurance Coverage, the South Really and Truly Is the Region With the Most Freedom

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Ain't freedom grand? And what says freedom better than being free from government mandates like the guarantee that you can't be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition?

Helping Others Think: A Tribute to Edwin M. Yoder, Jr. at 80

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 09.17.2014 | Media
Joel K. Goldstein

All of these works have enriched my life, and invite rereading, and I commend them to those who have not yet experienced Ed's help in shaping their thinking and the enjoyment that inevitably comes from reading his work.

UPDATE: Field Reports From Southern State Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

For the past few weeks, I have been posting some very interesting scholarship presented by professional South-watchers at a recent Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. Now, here are a few field reports about current developments in their states.

Contemporary Themes in Southern Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

I have dealt with the South and southern politics in previous posts; so we are not going to break major new ground here. But I think it is worthwhile to update what some of today's experts are saying about the South and its role in American democracy and history.

College Football and the 2014 Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The course of American democracy may be decided on the first Saturday of November in the following college football games: Florida vs Georgia, Michigan vs Indiana, Illinois vs Ohio State, and Texas vs Texas Tech.

Confederate Heroes Have Their Own Medal Of Honor

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics

HANCOCK, Md. (AP) — The Medal of Honor, created by Congress during the Civil War as America's highest military decoration for valor, was never meant...

Only Some Southern Whites Are the New Blacks (and Many Are Not)

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Southern Whites didn't vote for Obama (and by association, won't vote for Democrats). So argues the New York Times' Nate Cohn in a provocative piece entitled "Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats."

How Would Southerners Describe the South to Outsiders?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Residents of the American South are used to seeing their home region depicted in stereotyped derision. But how would most Southerners respond if they had an opportunity, in a reasonable conversation, to describe the South to outsiders?

Generational Change, In-Migration and Democratic Prospects in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The historic realignment of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stands as one of the most dramatic and consequential developments of the past century. However, recent research offers hopeful signs for regional Democrats.

White Americans and 'White Consciousness'

Glen Browder | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Racism has proven to be a continuing and confounding reality in the story of America. Efforts such as this study help us realize that there is still much to learn and "fix" in American democracy.

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.