Categories & Tags: Southern History

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...

 

SNCC veterans and young activists testify to workers' rights as civil rights at Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference   |   June 30, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Larry Rubin, field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the height of the Civil Rights...

 

'It was the most important thing I ever did'   |   June 27, 2014
In a stuffy gym at Tougaloo College in northern Jackson, Mississippi, they lined up behind two microphones, hundreds of people waiting to tell a small piece of their life story....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Mississippi freedom struggle at 50   |   June 27, 2014
Number of people who gathered this week at Mississippi's Tougaloo College for a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a watershed moment in the U.S. civil...

 

Happy Juneteenth!   |   June 19, 2014
Today marks the holiday known variously as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, or simply Juneteenth. It commemorates the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas...

 

Remembering Southern Black freedom fighter Mabel Williams   |   April 25, 2014
Mabel Williams, who with her husband Robert F. Williams called for armed self-defense against racist violence in Jim Crow North Carolina and lived in exile in Cuba and China for a...

 

Was the police state that was Mississippi a model for the nation?   |   April 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- They wanted to know about your phone calls, your conversations, your meetings with others, your political leanings, your opinions, your...

 

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...