Southern History

A Fourth of July anthology for the 'constructive patriot'

July 3, 2014 - Political psychologists distinguish between "blind patriotism" that's intolerant and unquestioning and "constructive patriotism," which welcomes questioning with the hope of creating positive change. On this most patriotic of holidays, we share some of our favorite writings and songs in the spirit of the latter, and we invite you to do the same.

Happy Juneteenth!

June 19, 2014 - Today marks the holiday that commemorates the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas were finally set free. We celebrate with a song to honor the occasion by jazz great Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, "Juneteenth Jamboree."

Snowden and the South's history of spying

March 24, 2014 - Given the history in Mississippi and the South of state-backed spying on innocent citizens, Southerners should be particularly sensitive to the National Security Agency's snooping on private citizens that whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed last year.