Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “The great many Deep Souths”

I’ve lived in the Deep South my entire life— in the same city as a matter of fact: Montgomery, Alabama. After years of studying and writing about this region, I’m well aware that the names of places I love have ugly meanings for many Americans. I’ve become accustomed to my daily surroundings being often-cited cases of racism, poverty, and inequality . . . even though that dim view, however true, is also short-sighted.

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