Southern Exposure was an award-winning print journal published by the Institute for Southern Studies, publisher of Facing South, from 1973 until 2011. Southern Exposure earned a national reputation for its writing on a broad range of political and cultural issues in the South, with a special emphasis on investigative journalism and oral history.

On the 50th anniversary of Southern Exposure’s birth, Facing South and the Institute will be publishing a full digital archive of the journal over the course of the year. The initial installment of the archives available in March 2023 includes issues from the magazine’s launch in 1973 through 1981.

Vol. 14 No. 1 - January/February 1986

Magazine cover with photo of two men playing string instruments and dog

The Chords That Bind

  • Letters From Our Readers

    2
  • Readers Corner

    3
  • Southern News Roundup

    4
  • Facing South

    11
  • Voices of Our Neighbors

    12
  • The Chords That Bind

    15
  • Footprints: John Handcox—Songwriter

    17
  • Folk Visions and Voices

    23
  • Mine Own

    29
  • Photo Essay

    38
  • You Don't Know Marta

    42
  • Food Festivals

    44
  • Cold Gap

    50
  • Vanquished But Not Convinced

    51
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