Southern Cultures

Volume 18: Number 1 – Spring 2012 Issue

Edited by Harry L. Watson, Jocelyn Neal

128 pp., 7 x 10, 52 halftones

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-3762-7
    Published: March 2012

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for the Study of the American South

In the Spring 2012 issue of Southern Cultures

Blood rains. Snow falls. Bourbon makes the man. Irish Americans redefine black and white. Camp Wah-Kon-Dah glows in the embers of old memories. The great teacher Arthur Raper opens minds, hearts, and doors. And the creative spaces of geniuses await the next act.

Table of Contents

Front Porch by Harry L. Watson

“What happens to frontier manhood when blacks, women, and gays drink bourbon too—and white fraternity boys get stuck with Smirnoff Ice from time to time?”

Every Ounce a Man’s Whiskey?: Bourbon in the White Masculine South

by Sean S. McKeithan

“The hot bite of the Bourbon sensuously connects the body of the drinker to nation, region, and locale, enjoining his experience with those of imagined, historical bodies, soaking up space and place in the slow burn of what appears an endless southern summertime.”

Native Ground: Photographs by Rob McDonald

“If convention has it right, these are writers who bear something close to a genetic

predisposition to produce a literature suffused with place.”

Turned Inside Out: Black, White, and Irish in the South

by Bryan Giemza

“As a place where Black and Green were in perpetual contact, the Atlantic South furnishes an ideal case study in how these peoples moved with, against, and around one another.”

“God First, You Second, Me Third”: An Exploration of “Quiet Jewishness”at Camp Wah- Kon- Dah

by Marcie Cohen Ferris

“This was an anxious time for American Jews, stung by the anti- Semitic quotas and discrimination of the interwar years and the growing horror regarding the fate of European Jewry as the Holocaust came to light in the 1940s.”

“A Mind- Opening Influence of Great Importance”: Arthur Raper at Agnes Scott College

by Clifford M. Kuhn

“He was such an eye- opener to me . . . such a reversal of the whole way you think about life

and society.”

“For the Scrutiny of Science and the Light of Revelation”: American Blood Falls

by Tom Maxwell

“Showers of blood, however dreadful, were not news. Pliny, Cicero, Livy, and Plutarch mentioned rains of blood and flesh. Zeus makes it rain blood, ‘as a portent of slaughter,’

in Homer’s Iliad.”

Mason- Dixon Lines Bourbon

Poetry by R. T. Smith

“. . . Earl was a steady liar who never in his life solved a single crime, to hear my father tell it, an improvident soul prone to nocturnal misdemeanors himself . . .”

Southern Snow

by Nancy Hatch Woodward

“There’s a silence in a snowy dawn that forces you to look anew at what has been transformed from the customary landscape of your day- to- day life. Dogwoods glisten in their silver finery; bowing fir limbs form a secret cathedral.”

Southern Cultures is published quarterly (spring, summer, fall, winter) by the University of North Carolina Press. The journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South.

About the Authors

Harry L. Watson is director of the Center for the Study of the American South and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is cofounder, with John Shelton Reed, of Southern Cultures.
For more information about Harry L. Watson, visit the Author Page.

Jocelyn Neal teaches music theory, analysis, and popular music courses. She regularly presents her research at national conferences on American music, popular music, music theory, and cultural studies.
For more information about Jocelyn Neal, visit the Author Page.


“The rich array of photographs and graphics, and the sincere and effective attempt at readerly appeal, go well beyond what is attempted by most… Southern Cultures is truly impressive.”--The Council of Editors of Learned Journals