Lumber and Peonage Labor in Alabama in 1906
See the third new item listed…A.J. Wright
Southern Spaces recently published four new pieces.
Three Poems and a Critique of Postracialism
Coleman Hutchison, University of Texas at Austin
Coleman Hutchison offers readings of poems by three contemporary African American poets who have surveyed the postracial over the past decade: Elizabeth Alexander, Natasha Trethewey, and C. S. Giscombe. Arguing broadly for the interpenetration of locality and racial consciousness, Hutchison charts how these poets conceive of, interrogate, and then steadfastly refuse the concept of the postracial in and for a post-emancipation society. While the postracial remains a powerful fantasy for these poets, local histories of specific places recurrently and productively interrupt their figurations of that fantasy.
Vernacular and Universal Prejudice
Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University
In this essay, excerpted from A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Gyanendra Pandey proposes two levels of prejudice useful in comparing the long experiences of subordination and stigmatization of African Americans and Indian Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables).
Inside the Jackson Tract: The Battle Over Peonage Labor Camps in Southern Alabama, 1906
Aaron Reynolds, University of Texas, Austin
Aaron Reynolds delves into the relationship between peonage and the Alabama forests, exploring the history of post-slavery labor, the harsh conditions of labor camps, and the efforts of journalists and Department of Justice investigators to end the peonage system in the early twentieth century.
The Place of Appalachia
Barbara Ellen Smith, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Stephen L. Fisher, Emory and Henry College
In this essay, excerpted from Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia (University of Illinois Press, 2012), Barbara Ellen Smith and Stephen L. Fisher make a case for how spatial theories of power, capital, and inequality can inform our understanding of Appalachia and offer avenues for progressive change.