Nobody’s Home: Modern Southern Folklore is an online anthology of nonfiction works about beliefs, myths, and narratives in Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The anthology has been crafted with teachers in mind. Access to the anthology is free, and works can be easily linked into platforms such as Google Classroom and Schoology. Because Nobody’s Home is an anthology of nonfiction, its works fit with Common Core standards for nonfiction texts in grades 9-10 and grades 11-12. Each work has an accompanying lesson plan that offers standards-based curricular connections.
The editor also invites classroom teachers to submit and share their own lesson plans for works in the anthology or to suggest titles for the reading lists. Please use the form on the Contact page to query the editor first.
Lesson plans are all published and available. They are free to access and include Common Core anchor standards, ready-to-use objectives, and easily modified activities. To find these lesson plans, either visit the Index page and click the link next to the essay title, or scroll to the bottom of the essay and look below the author bio.
Suggested Reading List
for Teachers and Graduate Students:
The Mind of the South (1941, reprint 1991)
by Wilbur J. Cash
Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (2007)
by James C. Cobb
The New South Creed: A Study in Southern Mythmaking (1970, reprint 2003)
by Paul Gaston
Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie (2010)
by Allen Tullos
The Idea of the South: Pursuit of a Central Theme (1964)
edited by Frank E. Vandiver
Suggested Reading List
for Undergraduates and High School Students:
The South of Haunted Dreams: A Ride through Slavery’s Old Backyard (1993)
by Eddy L. Harris
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (1998)
by Tony Horwitz
Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South (2004)
by Mark Kemp
South to a Very Old Place (1971)
by Albert Murray
A Turn in the South (1989)
by V. S. Naipaul
Suggested Southern documentaries
Click here for a selected list of documentaries about the South.
The Editor’s Reading List, a work-in-progress
Click here for a list of books reviewed by editor Foster Dickson.