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. 27 No. 1 - Spring 1999

Magazine cover with large number 25 inset with photos on the front cover, against brown background. Text reads "25 Years"

25th Anniversary Edition

  • From the Editor

  • 25 Years of Southern Exposure

  • What's in a Name?

  • Making History

  • A 25th Anniversary Celebration

  • Special Section: 25 Voices for Change

  • Special Section: 25 Voices for Change

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