Southern Seen: Meditations on Past and Present

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Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2005 - 351 strani
While working at the University of Tennessee in the early 1980s, Larry T.McGehee was looking for a way to share the wealth of history, politics, art, and culture with the residents of the South's small towns. He hit upon theidea of a newspaper column that would run in the region's weekly papers. Through hisstories, McGehee encouraged people to look at the people, places, and things aroundthem with a fresh set of eyes.Southern Seen collects McGehee's numerous columns exploring the South's history, inhabitants, mannerisms, food, and foibles. The book is divided into eight categories: outdoors, place, education, people, conflict, food, play, and religion. His subjects range from the outdoors and the creatures that inhabit it to the Civil War and its battle sites to unique southern symbols and the South's particular culinary delicacies. The author celebrates the traditions and work of the harvest season and extols the beauty of migrating hummingbirds and the rare delight of a southern snowstorm. McGehee meditates on the drastic changes machines and inventions, such as air conditioning, have brought to the region, and he looks for lessons in the mighty floods that occur in the contemporary South.The columns, by turns funny and poignant, biting and sweet, celebrate the past andlook to the future. The wild turkey, once common in the backcountry brush, is now anexample of a vanishing forest population, and local farmers' markets strive to sustain the livelihood of embattled small family farmers. McGehee applies the legacy of the Hatfield-McCoy feuds to the regional and international strife of modern times and examines the sacrifice and contributions of the South's young men who served in the wars of the last century. He revels in the pride of each part of the region for its own unique barbecue and delights in the memories of the small-town drugstore, which offered everything from health advice to a cream soda.Through the stories of famous figures, local residents, and the folk traditions thatshape everyday life, McGehee celebrates the diversity of life in the South and offers irreplaceable insights into what continues to make the region unique.
 

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IN GREEN PASTURES
1
Birddogs
7
January
16
Farms
46
BESIDE STILL WATERS
59
Hazing
66
Parlors
93
Keys
103
F A P Barnard
176
Paris Tennessee
198
THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW
207
William Goebel
218
James Johnston Pettigrew
224
HandMeDown Recipes
272
Peanuts
279
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER
285

IN PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
109
Allusions
116
School Bells
122
Bookstores
128
Final Exams
150
FOR HIS NAMES SAKE
157
William Maxwell Martin
163
69
167
Constantine Rafinesque
170
Camden Yards
291
LacedUp Leather
297
IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
319
Religions of the Secular
326
A White Christmas
332
Baptism
339
Southern Seen Subscribing Newspapers
347
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Larry T. McGehee has been vice-president and professor of religion at Wofford College since 1982. His newspaper column, "Southern Seen," is currently carried by one hundred newspapers in eight states throughout the South.

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