This week, my book Subduing Satan: Recreation, Religion, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865-1920, turns 25 years old. I remember the date because the book showed up in my mailbox the weekend I turned 30. As birthdays go, the 25th year of a work of history really doesn’t call for or deserve much attention. But it intrigues me to think about it, so I hope anyone reading this will forgive me if writing about my aging book seems a combination of self-congratulation, penitence, and nostalgia. Heaven knows southern history already has plenty of all three.
We’ve just published a new essay on our journal Study the South. Karlos K. Hill’s essay, published May 11, explores the near lynching of Robert Johnson’s stepfather, Charles Dodds, the influence that event may have had on Johnson and his music, the horrors of spectacle lynching in the late 19th and early 20th century South, and grassroots responses to this violence.
We are so proud of the Southern Foodways Alliance, which Friday evening won a James Beard Award for publication of the year for Gravy. Gravy is a quarterly magazine with an affiliated bi-weekly podcast. Sara Camp Arnold Milam is Gravy‘s managing editor, and John T. Edge is the editor-in-chief. Tina Antolini produces and hosts Gravy… Read More >
The Southern Foodways Alliance is hard at work talking about food and pop culture, their theme for 2015, but we wanted to make sure everyone saw their documentary work on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was part of their 2014 exploration of inclusion and exclusion in southern foodways. One part of this study… Read More >
The Center’s journal Study the South has two new articles on writer Margaret Walker published in conjunction with the Oxford Conference for the Book. The conference, held March 25 – 27, honored the life and work of Walker. “Sister Act: Margaret Walker and Eudora Welty” is by Walker biographer Carolyn J. Brown. The essay examines… Read More >
In the Fall of 2015, there will be a Southern Studies special topics course on Peace and Southern Culture taught by Dr. Ted Ownby. Learn more about it here. The following post is taken from Dr. Ownby’s Director’s Column from the Winter 2015 Southern Register, where he discusses the origins of his idea for the… Read More >
Many, including several of our Southern Studies students and alumni, traveled to Selma, Alabama earlier this month to be part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march. We hope to share their stories and photos on the blog soon. In the meantime,we recommend From Selma to Montgomery: The Long… Read More >
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies Dr. Barbara Harris Combs has a new article in Critical Sociology exploring the construct of place and its role in race relations, specifically recent changes in voting rights laws. Dr. Combs will teach a cross-listed African American Studies / Southern Studies course on Race, Place, and Space this… Read More >