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Hurtin' Words

by Ted Ownby The University of North Carolina Press (October 31, 2018)

When Tammy Wynette sang "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," she famously said she "spelled out the hurtin' words" to spare her child the pain of family breakup. In this innovative work, Ted Ownby considers how a wide range of...


Lynching and Spectacle

by Amy Louise Wood The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2011)

Lynch mobs in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America exacted horrifying public torture and mutilation on their victims. In Lynching and Spectacle, Amy Wood explains what it meant for white Americans...


The Indicted South

by Angie Maxwell The University of North Carolina Press (April 15, 2014)

By the 1920s, the sectional reconciliation that had seemed achievable after Reconstruction was foundering, and the South was increasingly perceived and portrayed as impoverished, uneducated, and backward. In...


Baptized in PCBs

by Ellen Griffith Spears The University of North Carolina Press (April 07, 2014)

In the mid-1990s, residents of Anniston, Alabama, began a legal fight against the agrochemical company Monsanto over the dumping of PCBs in the city's historically African American and white working-class west...


Memphis and the Paradox of Place

by Wanda Rushing The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2009)

Celebrated as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll, Memphis, Tennessee, is where Elvis Presley, B. B. King, Johnny Cash, and other musical legends got their starts. It is also a place of...


This Ain't Chicago

by Zandria F. Robinson The University of North Carolina Press (April 15, 2014)

When Zandria Robinson returned home to interview African Americans in Memphis, she was often greeted with some version of the caution "I hope you know this ain't Chicago." In this important new work, Robinson...


Southscapes

by Thadious M. Davis The University of North Carolina Press (November 21, 2011)

In this innovative approach to southern literary cultures, Thadious Davis analyzes how black southern writers use their spatial location to articulate the vexed connections between society and environment, particularly...


Wounds of Returning

by Jessica Adams The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

From Storyville brothels and narratives of turn-of-the-century New Orleans to plantation tours, Bette Davis films, Elvis memorials, Willa Cather's fiction, and the annual prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State...