Military and the South (1973)

Southern Exposure's inaugural issue explores US imperialism and its nuclear and genocidal threat. 

Excerpt from the Introduction:

As the South blends into the national picture, its problems are less unique, more national in character. Yet there is a continuing uniqueness to the region—both in its history of struggle and its possibilities for developing alternatives to the rest of America's crisis-prone growth.

In 1970, with the advent of an era characterized by rapid economic expansion, urban growth, "New South politics," and more subtle forms of racism, we founded the Institute for Southern Studies. Our staff is young, black and white, men and women who were active participants in the struggles of the sixties. With an appreciation for region/nation interrelations, we seek to offer imaginative strategies for social change. Our goal is to provide ideas, analyses, facts, and programs for groups and individuals building the South of the Seventies and beyond, to translate information into action for progressive change.

Table of Contents

  • 2 Violence and Genocide  Julian Bond and Leah Wise
  • 6 On the Military  Interview with Walter Collins
  • 16 Whitewash  Henry Durham
  • 22 The Situation  Howard Romaine
  • 30 Buying Death Power  Robert Sherrill interviews Les Aspinand William Proxmire
  • 36 Converting the War Machine  Derek Shearer
  • 49 Pentagon Drop-outs: Book Review  Bob Hall
  • 58 Book Reviews


  • 60 Southern Militarism
  • 63 State Profiles
  • 94 Charts
  • 100 Resources
Volume and Number: 
VOL. 1

Since 1973 Southern Exposure has gained critical praise for its thorough investigations, unsentimental portraits of Southern life, and public interest reporting.