Op-eds & More

These links represent my public writing about the history and culture of the American South and its import for the contemporary South.

Op-eds

Hyde-Smith is exactly who the Daughters of the Confederacy wanted her to be, CNN, November 26, 2018

Renaming a building for McCain doesn’t erase history, CNN, August 30, 2018

Roots of a Bitter Legacy: Determined Women were the Driving Force Behind Confederate Monuments, America’s Civil War Magazine, December 2018 (print), January 2018 (digital).

A Historian Turns to True Crime, Publishers Weekly, November 10, 2017.

Most Women in Prisons are Victims of Domestic Violence. That’s Nothing New. TIME, October 2, 2017.

Historians need to use their power now, CNN, September 4, 2017

The Confederacy’s “Living Monuments,” New York Times, October 6, 2017

Historians ‘Defending History’ is complicated in the U.S., CNN, August 19, 2017 (Historians’ roundup)

Why Confederate Monuments Must Fall, New York Times, August 15, 2016 (Print version, August 16, 2017)

The Whole Point of Confederate Monuments is to Celebrate White Supremacy, The Washington Post, August 16, 2017 (Print version, Sunday Outlook section,  August 20, 2017)

What’s the Matter With North Carolina? New York Times, December 21, 2016

The End of a Confederate Legacy: Vanderbilt’s Memorial Hall, Huffington Post, August 23, 2016

“Brutes” and “Thugs”: History and the Language of Criminalization, Huffington Post, July 29, 2016

“Confederate Monuments Don’t Belong on the Landscapes of Government,” Huffington Post, June 30, 2015

Please Stop Blaming the South for the Government Shutdown, Americablog,

A New Southern Strategy, New York Times, November 18, 2012

We’re Here, We’re Queer, Y’all, New York Times, October 3, 2012,

The South Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie, New York Times, September 18, 2011.

Online publications
It Was Always the River: Natchez on the Mississippi, South Writ Large, May 2017

Hillbilly Ingenuity: Tourism and Souvenirs, South Writ Large, Fall Issue, August 2015

Personal Blog
Pop South: Reflections on the South in American Popular Culture

Guest blog posts
Beyond the Kudzu: Reflections on the South in Pop Culture, a blog series for UNC Press Blog

Gone with the Wind as Southern History, originally published for UNC Press Blog on the Civil War at 150