Southern History

Review: Where's the rebellion in '12 Years a Slave'?   |   March 25, 2014
By Marc Norton, Labor Notes "12 Years a Slave," the story of a free black man kidnapped by slave traders, has won an Oscar for Best Picture and a slew of other awards,...

 

Snowden and the South's history of spying   |   March 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Yours truly was on a panel titled "What We Learn from the Snowden/NSA Files" held at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A brief history of the hell that is Louisiana's Angola prison   |   March 13, 2014
Number of years that Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury, spent on death row in the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as...

 

ReVisioning Black History Month: Linking African American and Latino histories   |   February 28, 2014
By Paul Ortiz, Beacon Broadside Black History Month is more important than ever. To understand how this nation traveled from colonialism to independence, slavery to freedom, and...

 

VW workers not first Southern auto workers to face choice on union   |   February 12, 2014
By Lane Windham, special to Facing South All eyes are on Chattanooga, Tenn. as 1,500 Volkswagen workers file into voting booths this week to determine whether they will be...

 

The power of Southern song: How the South shaped Pete Seeger   |   January 31, 2014
Before he became a folk music legend, Pete Seeger wanted to be a journalist. It was this perspective as a reporter and storyteller that defined Seeger's approach to singing...

 

John Wilkes Booth: Presidential assassin, fracking pioneer   |   January 24, 2014
He's infamous as the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, but before John Wilkes Booth shot the president, the Confederate sympathizer from Maryland was "shooting" oil wells...

 

Remembering the late Mississippi populist Gov. Bill Allain preaching social justice to 3,000 Pentecostals   |   December 9, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   More than 3,000 Pentecostals had gathered under their giant tabernacle in Raymond, Miss., that July night back in 1985. It was what one...

 

From Selma to Soweto: Nelson Mandela and the Southern freedom struggle   |   December 6, 2013
In 1994, at a speech celebrating his inauguration as the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela glanced over to Coretta Scott King and echoed the words of her slain...

 

NC Election Day drug bust violated policing best practices   |   December 5, 2013
A month after 100 police, sheriff's deputies and special agents swooped in on the small North Carolina town of Mount Gilead the morning of Election Day and made dozens of drug...

 

Modern-day Southern 'nullifiers' continue a long tradition   |   November 15, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Way back in 1988, I sat across from Strom Thurmond in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., and listened as he explained his...

 

In North Carolina, commemorating an innovative strategy in the war on poverty   |   November 15, 2013
Community leaders and residents gathered in Durham, N.C. this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Fund, a groundbreaking nonprofit created by Gov. Terry...

 

Tea party group seeks to hide donors under Jim Crow-era exemption   |   October 22, 2013
A national tea party group is asking the Federal Election Commission for an unusual exemption to donor disclosure requirements, arguing that releasing the identity of its...

 

How slavery continues to shape Southern politics   |   September 23, 2013
Whites who live in areas of the South once dominated by the plantation economy and slavery are much more likely than other Southerners to express colder feelings toward African...

 

VOICES: A call for a second Operation Dixie   |   September 11, 2013
By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis, The South Lawn There are no fortresses for labor; no metaphorical stone walls that we can shelter ourselves behind to try and ride out the...

 

NC students organize against voter suppression   |   September 5, 2013
The "vote truthers" trolling for fraud in North Carolina -- groups like the N.C. Voter Integrity Project that watch and challenge voters -- may now themselves become the...

 

Creating a culture of unionism in the South   |   August 20, 2013
By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis, The South Lawn One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility...

 

NAACP links proposed NC voting changes to historical white supremacist politics   |   July 24, 2013
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and other groups involved in the Forward Together movement against the Republican-controlled state legislature's ultraconservative...

 

Essential reading for July 4th   |   July 4, 2013
In honor of Independence Day, we here at Facing South are revisiting one of our favorite holiday-themed readings: the oration that came to be known as "What to the Slave Is...

 

NC protester database now disclosing public employee salaries   |   June 28, 2013
The conservative group that launched a website last week publicizing details about people who've been arrested during the ongoing Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina...

 

Art Pope-funded group launches database targeting Moral Monday arrestees   |   June 19, 2013
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database targeting people who've been arrested as part of the Moral Monday...

 

VOICES: From 'Mississippi Goddam' to 'Jackson Hell Yes'   |   June 7, 2013
By Bob Wing Chokwe Lumumba -- a founder and leader of the Republic of New Afrika, the New Afrikan People's Organization and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, defense attorney for...

 

The South, still ruled by 'the handful'   |   April 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Fannie Lou Hamer, a folk philosopher of the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta, knew what she was up against in a state and region where an...

 

The strange politics of TVA privatization   |   April 16, 2013
In his latest budget plan released last week, President Obama pitched the idea of selling off the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the federally owned and self-financing...

 

Southernomics as a model?   |   April 1, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   A recent cover story for the Austin, Texas-based Progressive Populist, headlined "Southern Poverty Pimps," describes in detail...