The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 10: Law and Politics

Edited by James W. Ely Jr., Bradley G. Bond

Charles Reagan Wilson, General Editor

452 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 43 illus., 3 tables, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5884-4
    Published: June 2008
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-1674-2
    Published: February 2014
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8220-2
    Published: February 2014

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Volume 10 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture combines two of the sections from the original edition, adding extensive updates and 53 entirely new articles. In the law section of this volume, 16 longer essays address broad concepts ranging from law schools to family law, from labor relations to school prayer. The 43 topical entries focus on specific legal cases and individuals, including historical legal professionals, parties from landmark cases, and even the fictional character Atticus Finch, highlighting the roles these individuals have played in shaping the identity of the region.

The politics section includes 34 essays on matters such as Reconstruction, social class and politics, and immigration policy. New essays reflect the changing nature of southern politics, away from the one-party system long known as the "solid South" to the lively two-party politics now in play in the region. Seventy shorter topical entries cover individual politicians, political thinkers, and activists who have made significant contributions to the shaping of southern politics.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi

About the Authors

James W. Ely Jr. is Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law and professor of history at Vanderbilt University.
For more information about James W. Ely Jr., visit the Author Page.

Bradley G. Bond is associate dean of the graduate school at Northern Illinois University.
For more information about Bradley G. Bond, visit the Author Page.


"Will serve as an important reference tool for those looking for the great work that has been done in southern law and politics."-- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

“The essays on the law in the South and the biographical sketches of southern lawyers provide an engaging introduction to the ways in which southern law differed from--and resembled--the law elsewhere in the United States. The bibliographical notes offer a splendid path into more detailed studies.”--Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School

“The essays and shorter entries in this volume provide just the right balance between depth and coverage. The lively, engaging, and accessible writing styles of the many contributors showcase their impeccable scholarship. This will be a valuable resource for years to come.”--Charles S. Bullock III, University of Georgia