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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.

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.

Carny Philosopher King With Buffalo Bill Beard

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 05.18.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

We're in a carnival bar, everyone in this bar is a carnival person. He was raised in carnivals and lives in carnivals. Yet he's not jaded.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering a Committed Life

Gary May | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Gary May

Nearly 50 years after his death it is King's words and deeds that live on in the American memory -- not that of the racists who hated him or the Black Power advocates who scorned him.

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

The Duck Dynasty Controversy and Loving Our Neighbors

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Yes, you read this right. Robertson and those who share his views are still our brothers. As such, do WE have the capacity, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, to say to those who hold his views on race today, we still love you?

8 Things I Learned In The South

Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.06.2014 | Travel
Suzy Strutner

Fried okra is a vegetable. ...and so are fried onions.

Southern Heat Will Not Keep Me From Fall Fashion

Arlene Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Arlene Goldstein

I pull out an eclectic array of faux fur vests, and then comes the obligatory medley of opaque tights. Needless to say, jackets with a fall-feel are a must in this pivotal point in my seasonal redux. My classic leather moto jacket is definitely a survivor.

Bending The Arc

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The true lesson Martin Luther King teaches is the exact opposite of what many take away from hearing the words "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Because that arc doesn't bend on its own. It takes effort. It takes action.

The Tomás Doncker Band Hollers the Blues of Howlin' Wolf

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

It wasn't just the guitar that was loud, so was Chester's voice. And it got louder as his living conditions got tougher. His massive body, weighting up to 300 pounds, both scared and impressed people. Howlin' Wolf, the name his grandfather gave him, would become an important figure.

Unsafe in Black and White America

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I have a feeling that I'm not the only white guy who experiences these thoughts that I sure don't want to have in my head. But I desperately want to unlearn these instincts because if I feel unsafe around someone else because they're black, I am part of the reason that the world becomes unsafe for them.

The Supreme Court Overstates Racial Progress

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

There is a common thread in both of the Court's last two decisions: an appeal to illusory racial progress. "Our country has changed," wrote Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Evidence abounds that this is simply not true.

Cancellation of the Summer Redneck Games

Global Yodel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

the annual Summer Redneck Games started in 1996 when Atlanta, GA was chosen to host the Summer Olympics. The city of East Dublin, GA decided to put on their own version of the ancient Greek games, complete with watermelon seed spitting, armpit serenading and mud pit belly flops.

GOP Adrift In Longtime Republican Stronghold

Daily Beast | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics

Given what the Republican Party is and where America’s demographics are heading, it is unclear whether the Grand Old Party can successfully pivot to...

How The South Still Lies About The Civil War

Salon | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics

In the course of our conversation, Yacine Kout mentioned something else—an incident that had happened the previous spring at Eastern Randolph High S...

Unsung Hero Speaks to America About Voting Rights Act

Glen Browder | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Just as those black and white photos of Rosa Parks could not capture the continuing fight she waged in her community, the Times picture and interview fail to communicate how much Gray has done for voting rights.

South's 'Original Sin' Revealed

Salon | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

Contemporary American politics cannot be understood apart from the North-South divide in the U.S., as I and others have argued....

Memoir of a Liberal Southern Journalist

Glen Browder | Posted 04.07.2013 | Books
Glen Browder

Others can and will profile Ayers' impressive public career as presented in his autobiography. What I want to do here is profile "Brandy" as a person, using excerpts from the book to more fully portray this complex man and his progressive mission.