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Southern American History, Life & Values

(see also Appalachian History, Life & Values, African American History, Life & Values before 1968, African American History, Life & Values since 1968, Military History, Life & Values, Myles Horton)

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On the Web: Articles

The Humor of Southern Hospitality.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Southern Changes: Journal of the Southern Regional Council, 1978-2003.

Three Paradigms of Race in America.

Making of America.

In the Library: Articles

Friedman, Gerald. "The political economy of early Southern unionism: race, politics, & labor in the South, 1880-1953," Journal of Economic History 50 (2000):384-413.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Alexander, Maxine (ed.) Speaking for Ourselves: Women of the South (NY: Pantheon, 1984).

Barnard, Hollinger F. (ed.) Outside the Magic Circle: The Autobiography of Virginia Foster Durr (University AL: U. Alabama, 1985).

Blight, David W. Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, & the American Civil War (Amherst MA: U. Massachusetts, 2002).

Bragg, Rick. All Over but the Shoutin' (NY: Vintage, 1977). Ace reporter's fascinating memoir of an Alabama childhood in poverty, centered on strength, dignity & sad life of his mother.

Brown, Sarah Hart. Standing Against Dragons: Three Southern Lawyers in an Era of Fear (Baton Rouge, 1998).

Carlton, David L. & Peter A. Coclanis. The South, the Nation, & the World: Perspectives on Southern Economic Development (Charlottesville: U. of Virginia, 2003).

Clark, Daniel J. Like Night & Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1997).

Daniel, Pete. Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 2000).

Davis, Allison; Burleigh B. Gardner & Mary R. Gardner. Deep South: A Social Anthropological Study of Caste & Class (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 1941; abridged ed. 1965). Classic account of white society & racial attitudes in Mississippi before the Civil Rights movement.

Dunbar, Leslie. The Shame of Southern Politics: Essays & Speeches (Lexington: U. Kentucky, 2002). Legacy of a leading spokesman for the paradigm shift in White attitudes occasioned by the Civil Rights Movement.

Fenno, Richard F. Jr. Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998 (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 2000).

Foley, Neil. The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks & Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (Berkeley: U. California, 1997).

Graham, Allison. Framing the South: Hollywood, Television, & Race during the Civil Rights Struggle (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2003).

Greene, Melissa Faye. Praying for Sheetrock: A Work of Nonfiction (Reading MA: Addison-Wesley, 1991).

Griffith, Barbara S. Crisis of American Labor: Operation Dixie & the Defeat of the CIO (Philadelphia: Temple, 1988).

Gussow, Adam. Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence & the Blues Tradition (Chicago: U. Chicago, 2002).

Hall, Jacqueline Dowd. Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 2000).

Kantrowitz, Stephen David. Ben Tillman & the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 2000).

Lichtenstein, Alexander C. Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South (NY: Verso, 1996).

Mason, Bobbie Ann. Clear Springs: A Memoir (NY: Random House, 1999).

McPherson, Tara. Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender, & Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Durham NC: Duke, 2003).

O'Brien, Michael. Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life & the American South (2 vols.; Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 2004).

Ortiz, Paul. Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing & White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 (Berkeley: U. of California, 2005).

Prince, Michael, K. Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!: South Carolina & the Confederate Flag (Columbia: U of South Carolina, 2003).

Rehder, John B. Delta Sugar: Louisiana's Vanishing Plantation Landscape (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1999).

Rosengarten, Theodore. Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter (NY: Morrow, 1986).

Scales, Junius Irving. Cause at Heart: A Former Communist Remembers (Athens, GA: University of Georgia, 1987):57-61.

Wolfe, Margaret Ripley. Daughters of Canaan: A Saga of Southern Women (Lexington: U. Kentucky, 1995).

In the Library: Fiction

Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina (NY: Dutton, 1992).

__________. Cavedwellers (NY: Dutton, 1998).

Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle [1973] (NY: Bantam, 1977).

__________. Southern Discomfort (NY: Bantam, 1982).

Daugherty, Janice. Like a Sister (NY: HarperCollins, 1999).

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird [1960] (NY: Harper & Row, 1995).

Mason, Bobbie Ann. In Country: A Novel (NY: Harper & Row, 1985).

__________. Shiloh & Other Stories (NY: Perennial, 1985).

__________. Spence + Lila (NY: Harper & Row, 1988).

__________. Loved Life: Stories (NY: Harper & Row, 1999).

__________. Feather Crowns: A Novel (NY: Harper Perennial, 1994).

__________. Midnight Magic: Selected Stories of Bobbie Ann Mason (Hopewell NJ: Ecco, 1998).

__________. Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail: Stories (NY: Random House, 2001).

McCullers, Carson. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter [1940] (

__________. Reflections in a Golden Eye [1941] (

__________. The Member of the Wedding [1946] (

__________. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe & Other Stories (NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1951).

O'Connor, Flannery. The Complete Stories (NY: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1971).

__________. Three (Wise Blood [1949], A Good Man is Hard to Find [1953] & The Violent Bear it Away [1955]) (NY: New American Library, 197?).

Smith, Lillian. Strange Fruit [1944] (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992).

__________. Killers of the Dream (NY: Doubleday, 1963).

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio:

Film & Video

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"

"Norma Rae"

"Reflections in a Golden Eye"

"To Kill a Mockingbird"


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