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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 25, 2019

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

Associate Editor

Emma Calabrese

Poetry Editor

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Music Editor

Aaron Smithers

Scholarly Outreach

Kathy Roberts

Media & Production

Ashley Melzer

Editorial Assistants

Marina Greenfeld

Mitra Norowzi

Editorial Fellow

Katharine Henry

Founding Editor

John Shelton Reed

Table of Contents

Fall 2019: Left/Right

Front Porch
by Harry Watson


Things That Don’t Fit
by Joseph Crespino

Southern Voices

Rev. Dr. William Barber in conversation with Tim Tyson

Southern Voices

Stacey Abrams in conversation with Valerie Boyd

Unsettling Histories of the South
by Angela P. Hudson

Reckoning with Southern Baptist Histories
by Alison Collis Greene

Southern Voices

To Talk About Power Is to Talk About Shame
Janisse Ray in conversation with Amy Wright

The Long and Short

The Talk
Crucial Conversations for Contemporary Kids of Color in the New South
by Sonny Kelly


“What I’m Doing Is for Them”
Rosa Ortez Cruz, interviewed by Lori Fernald Khamala, translated by María Ramírez

Southern Voices

“We’re Talking About Human Lives Here”
Jan Rader in conversation with Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Photo Essay

This Twinkling Mortal World
by Joe Shay

Southern Voices

“The People of Jackson Are Ready”
Chokwe Antar Lumumba in conversation with Kiese Laymon


“A Beautiful Queerness”
Dr. Holly Christopher Lewis, interviewed by Ocean Eerie

The Great-Granddaddy of White Nationalism
by Diane Roberts

Southern Voices

Organizing to Improve Conditions for All of Us
Emily Comer in conversation with Emily Hilliard


“The Yet to Be Created”
Stef Bernal-Martinez in Her Own Words

Not Forgotten

Uncomfortable Truths
Confronting Old Hierarchies in the New South
by Emily Ruth Rutter

Mason–Dixon Lines

For Abraham Lincoln
poetry by Jonathan Farmer

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