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A history of groundbreaking reporting on the South's poultry industry

June 1, 2021 - It was 32 years ago that Southern Exposure — the print forerunner to Facing South — set out to document conditions in the region's fast-growing poultry industry. Many of the problems it reported on continue today. And as our recent reporting has shown, the pandemic created new challenges for the industry's changing workforce while also presenting opportunities for organizing in an industry that's long resisted unionization.

The University of Arkansas's hidden history of helping Nazis

April 30, 2021 - In the early 1930s, a German lawyer named Heinrich Krieger enrolled in the University of Arkansas as an exchange student to study American race law. When he returned to Nazi Germany, his studies directly contributed to shaping the antisemitic and white supremacist Nuremberg Laws enacted in 1935, to genocidal ends. The university is now confronting various racist chapters in its history, but Krieger's is not among them.

Revisiting the Black power dream of North Carolina's Soul City

March 26, 2021 - Facing South recently spoke with Thomas Healy, author of "Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia." The book documents civil rights leader Floyd McKissick's pursuit of Black opportunity in the form of a Black-led model integrated community on a former slave plantation in Eastern North Carolina, and the lessons the quest and its failure holds for today.

Confronting the anti-civil rights filibuster

March 24, 2021 - U.S. senators are currently considering whether to eliminate, reform, or protect the filibuster. The parliamentary procedure that gives the minority outsized power has a long history of being used to undermine civil rights legislation — and it now threatens to derail a bold Democratic agenda that includes voting rights and other pro-democracy reforms.

From the Archives: We needed to know more about the South

March 12, 2021 - The Institute for Southern Studies was founded 51 years ago this week. To celebrate our birthday and commemorate our history, we're republishing an oral history from Sue Thrasher, one of the founders of the organization and an original editor of Southern Exposure magazine, the print publication that preceded Facing South.