the south

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The New Racism

How the GOP took control of state politics in Alabama, leaving black lawmakers — and their constituents — powerless.

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Hey Mama

A son interviews his mother about language and love in the South.

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Twirling at Ole Miss

A day after William Faulkner’s funeral and a few weeks before James Meredith became the first African-American student to register at the University of Mississipi, the author arrived in Oxford to cover the Dixie National Baton Twirling Institute.

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The Ghosts of Emmett Till

Jurors from the Emmett Till trial revisit the case 50 years later.

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The Biggest Week in Bourbontown

An 8th-generation Louisvillian on the Kentucky Derby, bourbon and the history of his hometown.

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Sorority Row

On the enduring political influence and entrenched racism of the Greek system at the University of Alabama.

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How the GOP Is Resegregating the South

On the Republican Party’s successful use of redistricting to “pass draconian anti-immigration laws, end integrated busing, drug-test welfare recipients and curb the ability of death-row inmates to challenge convictions based on racial bias.”

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Her Own Flesh and Blood

A family of Georgia churchgoers contracted the plague of their time, HIV. Some survived, some didn’t—this is the story of their family over thirty years.

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Terror, Tragedy and Hope in Tuscaloosa

The story of a college town and the most devastating tornado in Alabama history.

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The Red and the Black

An essay on African-American Republicans.

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The Serfs of Arkansas

Immigrant farmers are flocking to the poultry industry -- only to become 21st-century sharecroppers for companies like Tyson.
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The Guiltless Pleasure

An ode to mayonnaise.

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Wading Toward Home

Less than a week after Katrina, Michael Lewis goes home to New Orleans.

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The Day They Hanged An Elephant

In 1916, a down-on-its-luck traveling circus hung its star elephant.