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Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure is a journal that was produced by the Institute for Southern Studies, publisher of Facing South, from 1973 until 2011. It covered a broad range of political and cultural issues in the region, with a special emphasis on investigative journalism and oral history.

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From the Archives: Remembering Rev. Charles Sherrod and New Communities

November 15, 2022 - Rev. Charles Sherrod, a leader of the Albany Movement in Georgia, passed away earlier this year. A 1974 article in Southern Exposure remembered Sherrod's New Communities project, an experiment in land-based justice. We republish that article with an introduction from Chip Hughes, who lived on New Communities Farm in the 1970s, remembering Sherrod's life and work. 

From the Archives: The Klan attack on schools

October 27, 2022 - In 1984, Mab Segrest reported on the Ku Klux Klan's activities in North Carolina public schools in the context of the wider conservative backlash against racial integration and that year’s elections. We republish her Southern Exposure report amid another conservative political backlash against public schools, which the Klan is using for its own purposes.

From the Archives: Endless War

August 11, 2022 - In 1982, Southern Exposure printed an interview with two leaders in the fight to recognize and compensate veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange. The PACT Act passed by Congress earlier this month expands benefits for U.S. veterans with health problems caused by exposure to the toxin. 

From the Archives: War resister Walter Collins on racism in the U.S. military

May 26, 2022 - For Memorial Day, we are republishing an interview from a 1973 issue of Southern Exposure with Walter Collins, a longtime Black Freedom Movement activist who was incarcerated in 1970 for refusing the draft. Collins was involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as well as the Black nationalist group the Republic of New Afrika. His interview touches on questions of colonialism and anti-Black repression in the United States, and is an indictment of the racist aspects of the military.