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. 2 - March/April 1986

Water Politics

  • Readers Corner

    2
  • Southern News Roundup

    4
  • Voices of Our Neighbors

    10
  • Facing South

    12
  • Resources

    14
  • Water Politics

    15
  • Testing the Waters

    17
  • "Water—You Can Drink It With a Fork!"

    21
  • The Peat Wars

    27
  • Childhood on a Sugar Land Prison Farm

    35
  • East Texas Black Life

    39
  • A Poem for Langston Hughes

    43
  • "We're Becoming the Mayors"

    44
  • Back Road Into Town

    52
  • Reviews

    56
  • Bulletin Board of the South

    63
  • Voices of the Past

    64
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