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Southern Cultures

Edited by Harry Watson, UNC Chapel Hill, and Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Chapel Hill

Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 26, 2020

Size: 7” x 10”, average length 125 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 1068-8218


UNC Press joins with the UNC Center for the Study of the American South in publishing Southern Cultures. Founded by John Shelton Reed, this award-winning journal explores the history, politics, folklore, literature, and art of the South. Each issue includes articles and essays; reviews of books, museum exhibitions, films, and sound recordings; and regular features, such as “South Polls,” which present public opinion polls on topics of regional interest. For more information, visit the Southern Cultures website.

Malinda Maynor Lowery is an associate professor in the Department of History and is director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Marcie Cohen Ferris is associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Harry Watson and Marcie Cohen Ferris

Executive Editor

Ayse Erginer

Deputy Editor & Art Director

Emily Wallace

Managing Editor

Emma Calabrese

Associate Editor

Katharine Henry

Media & Production

Ashley Melzer

Poetry Editor

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Music Editor

Aaron Smithers

Editorial Assistants

Marina Greenfeld

Mitra Norowzi

Founding Editor

John Shelton Reed

Table of Contents

Spring 2020: The Documentary Moment

Front Porch
by Harry Watson


The Documentary Moment and the Revelation at Hand
by Tom Rankin

You Are Not Safe in Science; You Are Not Safe in History
On Abiding Metaphors and Finding a Calling
by Natasha Trethewey

Snapshot: I Name Charlotte
by Tamika Galanis

Photo Essay

Gas Station South
photographs by Kate Medley

West Worthinghouse Long Jr.
Creating Dangerously in The Land Where the Blues Began
by Tyler DeWayne Moore

Snapshot: My Niece, Maggie
by Phyllis B. Dooney

Snapshot: West Southern Pines, North Carolina, July 2019
by Lynn Marshall Linnemeier

Photo Essay

Forty Sundays a Year
New Orleans Second Line Parades
photographs by Pableaux Johnson

Photo Essay

RV Landscapes
photographs by Joanna Welborn

Snapshot: Buxton, Iowa (Munroe County)
by Rachel Jessen

Snapshot: Burning Fields, Parchman Farm, Mississippi, 2016
by Jeremy M. Lange

Black Women and Resilient Creativity in the Rural South
by Kimber Thomas

Snapshot: Paradise Road, Baytown, Texas
by Eliot Dudik

Snapshot: The Revival
by Rox Campbell

Photo Essay

Bare Handed
photographs by Holly Lynton

Snapshot: A Tribute
by Jon-Sesrie Goff

Not Forgotten

Empathy in a Red State
by Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Snapshot: Waughtown Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 2019
by Aaron Canipe

Snapshot: Willow, 37
by Jared Ragland

Mason–Dixon Lines

Space Blanket
poetry by Alan Shapiro

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