In the News, Winter 2023

“In The News” is published quarterly and provides a sampling of stories, articles, or reviews that reference or relate to beliefs, myths, and narratives in Southern culture since 1970.


“‘Maude Schuyler Clay: Portraits of a Place’ Review: Deep South Snapshots” from the Wall Street Journal (November 23, 2022)

“The photographer’s intimate, casual pictures of her family and friends form the core of an exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art.”


“How Army Bases Were Named for Defeated Confederates” from The New York Times  (December 2, 2022)

“The bases were originally named as part of a movement to glorify the Confederacy and advance the Lost Cause myth that the Civil War was fought over “states’ rights” and not slavery.”


“My God, Herschel Walker, What Have You Become?” from Esquire (December 5, 2022)

“Walker’s myth began at the University of Georgia, where he catapulted his team to an undefeated season, and a national title over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.”


“Court seems unwilling to embrace broad version of ‘independent state legislature’ theory” on SCOTUSblog (December 7, 2022)

“Representing the [North Carolina] Republican legislators, lawyer David Thompson maintained that the elections clause vests a state’s legislature with the power to make rules for federal elections. State courts cannot, he stressed, restrict a legislature’s substantive discretion to do so. Instead, he argued, state courts can only enforce procedural limits on the legislature’s authority.”


Arch Manning, the Myth and the Future College Football Legend” from Sports Illustrated (December 21, 2022)

“Manning was first featured in Sports Illustrated after his freshman varsity season, in 2019, when his production at New Orleans’s Isidore Newman School outweighed that of his uncles when they were at the helm at the school, throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 34 touchdowns. Back then he was in the 6’2″, 180-pound range, according to coach Nelson Stewart.”


“Alabama’s education system was designed to preserve white supremacy. I should know.” on AL.com (December 23, 2022)

“The story that carpetbaggers were post-war predators exploiting a defenseless South was something I grew up hearing, both in and out of school, but the reality had been something different and the myth hid something important.”



“DeSantis administration rejects proposed AP African American Studies class in Florida high schools” on CNN.com (January 19, 2023)

“In a January 12 letter to the College Board, the nonprofit organization that oversees AP coursework, the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Articulation said the course is ‘inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.'”


“NPR uncovered secret execution tapes from Virginia. More remain hidden” from NPR (January 19, 2023)

“An NPR investigation can now reveal the tapes show the prison neglected to record key evidence during what was considered one of Virginia’s worst executions, and staff appeared unprepared for some of the jobs they were tasked to do in the death chamber.”