Category Archives: General Commentary

Brief Notes on the Southern Historian and the Bow Tie

Brief Notes on the Southern Historian and the Bow Tie By Matthew C. Hulbert Anyone who has attended the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association in recent years can honestly—though perhaps begrudgingly, depending on whom you ask—testify to the … Continue reading

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Reinhold Niebuhr and the American South by Blake Barton Renfro

Introduction: Guest Blog–Blake Barton Renfro In southern historical circles, the world traveling, cigar wielding, bourbon swigging gentleman known as Blake Barton Renfro hardly requires any such introduction. For the sake of consistency, we’ll give it a go anyway. JHW and … Continue reading

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Bertram Wyatt-Brown, 1932-2012

Southern historians around the world lost a mentor and friend on November 5, 2012.  Bertram Wyatt-Brown, a legend in our field and an inspiration to all of us at Bowtied and Fried, passed away this morning.  He was 80 years … Continue reading

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Southern Outlaws, Duelists, and Degenerates: Edgefield vs. Little Dixie

For those friends and acquaintances most frequently forced to “enjoy” the company of JHW and myself, this geographical duel will come as no surprise. More than one bottle of bourbon as refereed the two of us boasting which southern locality … Continue reading

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A Review of Malinda Lowery’s “Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South” by Andrew Epstein

Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation by Malinda Maynor Lowery. University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Paper, ISBN: 9780807871119. $21.95. Native American Studies and History, at least in their strictest sense, can … Continue reading

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Raising Hell in a District of Devils: Honor & Violence as Edgefield Family Tradition

Raising Hell in a District of Devils: Honor & Violence as Edgefield Family Tradition By James “Trae” Welborn III Anglican itinerant Parson Mason Locke Weems once reviled the Edgefield District of the colonial South Carolina backcountry as “pandemonium itself, a … Continue reading

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A Review of Robert Moss’s “Barbecue” by Sam Thomas

Barbecue: The History of an American Institution by Robert F. Moss. University of Alabama Press, 2010. Cloth, ISBN: 9780817317188. $26.00. “It seems remarkable to me,” writes sensory historian Mark Smith, “that we live in the world where we have all … Continue reading

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