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Summer 2014 issue of Southern Cultures available now!

Our summer issue is hot off the presses! Read it in printonline through Project Muse, and in various e-book formats.

In this issue, Lindsay Byron tells the story of a northern bride, forcibly institutionalized in the Alabama State Hospital for the Insane by her physician husband because she was “unwilling or unable to perform the brand of femininity compulsory for a woman of her class and race.” You can read Scott Huffard’s account of North Carolina train wrecks, ghost trains, and the capitalist gospel of the New South. Natalie Minik’s photo essay “Teenage Pastime” documents Georgia Piedmont adolescents’ “enthusiastic confirmation” of the culture they come from, or their “bold rejection of the culture they grew out of.” Mark A. Johnson explains how the 1909 Memphis mayoral election demonstrates W. C. Handy’s line that “the best notes made the most votes,” even though political music often continued the tradition of exploited black labor.

Bill Koon commemorates the “rituals of surreptitious drinking” made necessary by dry counties, blue laws, and other alcohol restrictions in the South. Christopher A. Cooper and H. Gibbs Knotts chronicle how the once-Democratic South experienced a gradual “partisan realignment” into a Republican stronghold, revealed most extensively through representation in state legislatures. And Donna Tolley Corriher shares some fascinating “snippets” from her research into the history of her West Virginia coal mining family.

You can also enjoy poetry by Todd Boss; book reviews by Fred Hobson, Michael McCollum, and Brian Grabbatin; and a short recollection by JL Strickland on the southern custom of “sitting up with the dead.” Happy reading!

The William R. Ferris Reader

Available for download now on your favorite eReader via

Renowned folklorist William R. Ferris has captured the voices of southern musicians, artists, writers, and thinkers for forty years—and we have been proud to publish his work in Southern Cultures for nearly half of that time.

To celebrate Southern Cultures‘s 20th anniversary, we present our inaugural special omnibus ebook, The William R. Ferris Reader. Collected here for the first time are all 20 of Bill Ferris’s essays and interviews as they have appeared in our pages between 1995 and 2013, as well as an introduction to the collection by Ferris.

From folk humor to moon pies to Faulkner, Welty, Walker, and so much more, we are delighted to share this special collection of a favored friend, mentor, and colleague.

Ferris eReader Contents

Get yours now for KindleiTunes, and Kobo. More formats coming soon!


SOHP Interns Performance, Wednesday, April 30 at 3:00 pm

InternsOn Wednesday, April 30 at 3:00 pm on the front porch of the Love House and Hutchins Forum, four undergraduate interns with the Southern Oral History Program will share a live performance based on their collected oral histories from this spring semester. Their project focused on gay and lesbian student activism and life at UNC-Chapel Hill from the 1970s onward, and their interviewees shared many remarkable stories. Join us as they give voice to a sampling of individuals who had something to say about the past.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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SOHP 40th Anniversary Celebration, Friday, April 4 in Wilson Library

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Hutchins Lecture by Murphy Hicks Henry, Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 pm (VIDEO)

Murphy Hicks HenryPlease join us for Murphy Hicks Henry’s lecture on “Steel-String Magnolias: Women in Bluegrass,” at 4:30 in the Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. This lecture will focus on women’s historical contributions to the development of bluegrass, which have often been overlooked in favor of male musicians and headliners.

Murphy Hicks Henry is the author of Pretty Good For A Girl: Women in Bluegrass (University of Illinois Press, 2013). She wrote a monthly column titled “On the Road” for Banjo Newsletter for over twenty years before turning it over to her daughter, Casey. She is the cofounder (with her husband, Red) of the Murphy Method, a forty-plus video series offering instruction on the banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and ukulele. Henry and her husband also perform as “Red and Murphy.” They have recorded six LPs and numerous CDs featuring many of Henry’s original songs, including the feminist number “I Ain’t Domesticated Yet.”

Murphey Henry from CSAS on Vimeo.