Categories & Tags: Southern History

The new nullifiers: Southern politicians vow to fight the Supreme Court on marriage equality   |   July 3, 2015
Nullification is the controversial legal theory that a state has the right to reject a federal law that the state has determined to be unconstitutional. After the Supreme Court...

 

FLASHBACK: The Charleston Five and the black struggle for justice   |   July 2, 2015
The June 2015 Charleston church massacre has brought attention to the rich history of social activism at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal and in the city's broader African-...

 

TIMELINE: The rise and fall of the Confederate flag   |   June 26, 2015
Symbols are powerful. The symbolism of the Confederate battle flag flying at full mast on the South Carolina Capitol grounds in the wake of the massacre at the Emanuel African...

 

Overcoming fear: Lessons from the South   |   June 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

He had to be carefully taught   |   June 22, 2015
By Timothy B. Tyson A young man wears Rhodesian and apartheid-era flags on his jacket. Neither country existed during his lifetime. Both flags are commonly worn as in-group...

 

As nation mourns racist murders, flag of hate still flies over South Carolina   |   June 19, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams This isn't the story about a flag, but there's a flag in this story. On the same day the nation was reeling from the mass murder of nine...

 

Remembering Appalachian folksinging legend Jean Ritchie   |   June 12, 2015
The legendary Appalachian folk singer and mountain dulcimer player Jean Ritchie died earlier this month at her home in Berea, Kentucky. Ritchie, who came to be known as "The...

 

Earth Day: What are we fighting for?   |   April 22, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

The power of the ballot box   |   April 7, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Reparations and a conversation about America's redemption   |   April 1, 2015
Students, faculty and community members packed into a basement classroom at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina last week for a panel discussion on reparations and the moral...

 

Elders of the movement   |   March 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

From Selma to sorrow   |   March 9, 2015
By Mary Stanton, Southern Exposure, Fall 1999 "This is not a monument to suffering. It is a memorial to hope," says Maya Linn, designer of the Civil Rights Memorial in...

 

Moral Monday photo exhibit opens in North Carolina   |   January 30, 2015
An exhibit featuring portraits of Moral Mondays -- a grassroots social justice movement that has rocked North Carolina and the country since 2013 with mass protests and nonviolent...

 

Five decades after momentous civil rights action, Friendship Nine to be exonerated   |   January 19, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams More than fifty years after their "jail, no bail" strategy helped galvanize the fight against racial inequality, serving as a model for...

 

Judge exonerates 14-year-old boy executed in 1944   |   December 19, 2014
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams A judge on Wednesday vacated the conviction of George Stinney, Jr., who was executed in 1944 at 14 years old, making him the youngest person put...

 

The strange death of Lennon Lacy: Another lynching mistaken for suicide?   |   December 5, 2014
On the morning of Aug. 29, the body of Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a noose fastened to a swing set at a trailer park in the small eastern North Carolina town of Bladenboro...

 

Review: How the U.S. economy was built on slavery   |   December 2, 2014
By Timothy Sheard, Labor Notes H. Rap Brown, coordinator for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, infuriated many well-meaning but historically uneducated white citizens...

 

What did your town look like 80 years ago?   |   September 24, 2014
A new tool called Photogrammar created by a Yale University team allows users to search pictures of Great Depression and World War II-era photos using an interactive map. The...

 

Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party: An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell   |   September 8, 2014
By Angola 3 News This past July, students from Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there,...

 

'I question America': Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's challenge to white supremacy   |   August 21, 2014
This week marks 50 years since Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), delivered a historic speech to the credentials committee of the...

 

A bridge in Georgia   |   July 29, 2014
By Bob Moser, The American Prospect On a Thursday evening in late April, more than 1,000 Georgia Democrats paid $250 a plate to gather in a vast, ugly Atlanta ballroom and toast...

 

Populists and Bourbons are fighting again, 21st century style, in Mississippi   |   July 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- More than a century ago the "forgotten man" of Mississippi and across the South -- the farmer, the common worker...

 

Labor lessons from Mississippi Freedom Summer   |   July 23, 2014
By Larry Rubin, Labor Notes It's the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer: the 1964 campaign, led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to register large...

 

A Fourth of July anthology for the 'constructive patriot'   |   July 3, 2014
The great writer Mark Twain once defined a patriot as "the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about." He was describing a phenomenon...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Looking back on the 'law that created modern America'   |   July 2, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson, facing growing national unrest over racial segregation, signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has been called "the law...