The Changing Face of the South

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Southern drawl of Tom Petty. The epic, slow grandeur of "Gone with the Wind." The "Sound and Fury" of a NASCAR photo finish. The savory smells of the kitchenette -- all are reminiscent of a Southern way of life we think we know.  The real South, though, is considerably more complex.  It's also rapidly changing. 

In her new book, "The New Mind of the South," author Tracy Thompson explains how she felt compelled to return to her Southern upbringing to piece back together the history she learned through a prism of segregation in the post-Jim Crow-era South. 


Tracy Thompson

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

Jay Akers from Bluffton, SC


With all due respect sir, Ms. Thompson either did not complete her research or gleaned only what would benefit her book.

The comments about the South burying history is completely opposite of the truth. As we all know, the victors write the history and they are the ones who have misinformed the general pubic and that misinformation continues today in our school system.

As Thomas Jefferson said,"Slavery is like holding a wolf by the ears. You did not like it but you did not dare let it go".

The South had been arguing the slavery issue even back into the eighteen fifties and knew it had to change. Why then did Lincoln wait until eighteen sixty-three to make it an issue in the war? It was only when faced with defeat that he brought slavery to the forefront.

Ms. Thompson would do well to reexamine her information. Perhaps she has been gone too long.

Thank you,
Jay Akers

Mar. 04 2013 11:28 AM

Speaking of "denial" and "distorting history" no mention of the oppressive Democratic Party machine and its grip on the Solid South for over a century.

These discussions always focus on race and region but omit the Democratic Party machine which impacted and conrolled the the entire culture and violently drove out Republican activists working toward full equality.

Mar. 04 2013 10:02 AM

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