#throwbackthursday: The release of “Children of the Changing South”
It was seven years ago this month that Children of the Changing South: Accounts of Growing Up During and After Integration was published by McFarland & Co. I began work on the book in 2007, while I was waiting on I Just Make People Up to be released and while still working on The Life and Poetry of John Beecher. This anthology contains eighteen memoirs by writers and historians whose formative years were spent during the turbulent period of change that occurred in the South during the latter half of the twentieth century. The experiences discussed range from childhood fears in the 1950s and 1960s up to moving to the South as an outsider in the 1990s. As editor, I selected and compiled the works and wrote the introduction. Notable contributors include Jim Grimsley, Stephanie Powell Watts, Ravi Howard, and Kathleen Rooney.