April 22, 2013 -
As the South's hard-right pols block expanding Medicaid to a population in need, they show that civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer's description of the region's government as "with the handful, for the handful, by the handful" remains true today.
April 16, 2013 -
President Obama's latest budget proposes privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has been criticized as a socialist enterprise, yet Southern Republicans are opposing the plan. What's going on here?
March 27, 2013 -
Should the Supreme Court strike down bans on same-sex marriage, it would bring big changes across the South, where all states limit marriage rights to heterosexual couples -- and it wouldn't be the first time it took a high court ruling to change the region's marriage laws.
March 26, 2013 -
A provision of the North Carolina constitution designed to suppress the black vote is no longer enforceable under the Voting Rights Act, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to give voters a second chance to remove it.
March 19, 2013 -
When the NAACP challenged Jim Crow laws, it selected plaintiffs who would elicit both sympathy and outrage. Today conservatives are using the same tactic, as illustrated by Fisher v. The University of Texas -- a case challenging consideration of race in admissions.
March 8, 2013 -
A story in a 1977 issue of Southern Exposure reported on how in the midst of the Great Depression Jessie Daniel Ames organized a mass "revolt against chivalry" that linked the anti-lynching campaign with the struggle for sexual emancipation. We share it today in honor of International Women's Day.
March 4, 2013 -
What was true for the civil rights movement in the 1960s is true for the labor movement today: Any social movement in the South needs religion as part of its DNA if it's going to succeed.
February 21, 2013 -
U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia tore down many barriers in his rise from sharecroppers' son to civil rights activist to Medal of Freedom recipient. And he's about to break another as the first sitting member of Congress to author a graphic novel telling his inspiring life story.
February 15, 2013 -
With North Carolina flipping back into the Republican column, you could say that the new Solid South begins in Henderson, N.C. and ends in Valdosta, Ga., bracketed by Virginia and Florida.