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Walter Edgar's Journal

The South in the 21st Century


Friday - January 04, 2013


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About This Show

Dr. Edgar is joined by John Shelton Reed, Jim Cobb, and Peter Applebome, three noted writers and observers of Southern culture and history, for a discussion of the “necessary South”—a region with an identity that began to be defined, in Colonial America, primarily by New Englanders. Who defines the South now? And how has its evolving identity changed the rest of the country over time? What will “The South” mean in the 21st century?

Jim C. Cobb, the B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor in the History of the American South at the University of Georgia, is widely recognized as one of the foremost scholars of Southern history and culture. 

Peter Applebome is Deputy Metropolitan Editor for The New York Times, its former Southern Bureau chief, and is the author of Dixie Rising: How the South is Shaping American Values, Politics and Culture.

John Shelton Reed is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of NC where he helped to found the Center for the Study of the American South and was a founding co-editor of the quarterly Southern Cultures. He is also author or editor of eighteen books, most dealing with the contemporary American South.


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