A hundred years on from its birth, the music continues to speak to the heart — an art form that also serves as social commentary, communal history, and cathartic release.
Low Country, High Water: A Reading List for a South Under Climate Change
How do you love a place that is sinking?
How a Hurricane’s Trailing Winds Retold Willie Earle’s 1947 Mass Lynching
“Even with a preponderance of evidence and testimonies, every man on trial got away with murder. This fact was not front-page news but tucked beneath odd stories called ‘Flashes of Life.'”
Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents
In 1985, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most beloved songwriters made a regrettable misstep with a narrow conception of Southern identity.
Hellhound on the Money Trail
Standard recording contracts screwed Bluesmen out of royalties in the early 1900s, and the system was no different when Columbia released “Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings in 1990.”
One Georgia Farmer’s Experiment in Racial Equality
Minister Clarence Jordan founded Koinonia Farm in 1942 to be, in his words, a “demonstration plot for the kingdom of God.” Can it endure in our racially charged modern climate?
The Life of One of the South’s Greatest Folklorists
Ernest Matthew Mickler wrote the best-selling White Trash Cookbook, but he was actually a skilled Southern folklorist, not a cook.
Searching for Poet Frank Stanford
Traveling to Arkansas to search for mythic poet Frank Stanford.
Drinking Chai to Savannah: Reflections on Identity, Inclusion and Power in the South
On a girls’ road trip to Savannah with six of her immigrant friends, Anjali Enjeti recalls a traumatic racist incident she experienced as a teen—an interaction that framed her understanding of her otherness, in Georgia, and America.
On Food, Family, and Love: A Recipe For Memory
At Oxford American, Ronni Lundy maps her past with family recipes.