Deep South

Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives in Montgomery, Alabama. His work has has centered on the arts & humanities, education, and social justice in the American South, with special attention to telling neglected or forgotten stories. His current projects are two online anthologies that are works-in-progress and now accepting submissions: level:deepsouth, which seeks to document the lives and experiences of Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, and Nobody’s Home: Modern Southern Folklore, which will publish works of creative nonfiction about the prevailing myths and narratives that have dominated Southern culture since 1970.

Foster’s published books include I Just Make People Up: Ramblings with Clark Walker and The Life and Poetry of John Beecher, as well as the edited collection, Children of the Changing South, which contains memoirs by eighteen writers and historians who grew up in the South during and after the Civil Rights movement. Foster also acted as general editor for the curriculum guide Treasuring Alabama’s Black Belt. His most recent book is Closed Ranks, which tells the latter-day story of the Whitehurst Case, a police-shooting controversy in Montgomery, Alabama in the mid-1970s.


from Welcome to Eclectic

Top posts about Alabama and the Deep South:

“And he said, My names’s Johnny and it might be a sin . . .” from October 2019

“‘My Source for Some Definitive’: 30 Years since ‘Closer to Fine'” from April 2019

“The Pascagoula Abduction, 1973” from October 2018

“The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968” from October 2018

“The Winding Back Roads of Southern History” from August 2018

“Field Trips to Nowhere” from April 2018

“Doug Jones, Alabama, and a Different Kind of Electorate” from December 2017

“THE Rivalry” from December 2017

“And then there were none.” from April 2017

“I didn’t know I was miserable until Gallup told me I was.” from March 2017

“For job creation, local is better.” from April 2016

“Bad News Times Three, Alabama” from July 2015

“Chasing Ghosts: Southern Pride” from January 2014


The Alabamiana series on Welcome to Eclectic explores lesser-known events and people in Alabama history, and it encourages engagement with local and state history and with topics described in historical markers. To read the posts, click any of the links below:

Isaac Ross, 1764 – 1821 •  Richard Tyler, 1816 – 1877  •  Jim, d. 1854

JW Dickson, 1854 – 1921  •  John Asa Rogers, 1853 – 1908

The Murder of Sloan Rowan, 1912  •  The Abolishment of Macon County, 1957

  Fr. Michael Caswell, 1909 – 1971Pardoning Clarence Norris, 1976

 30 Years since Baxley-Graddick, 1986The First Iron Bowl in Auburn, 1989

The House of Judah, 1991  •  Wedowee, 1994

The “Politics of Embarrassment,” 1998  •  Eugene Walter, 1921 – 1998


The Disrupters & Interlopers series on Welcome to Eclectic highlights lesser-known individuals from Southern history whose actions, though unpopular or difficult, contributed to changing the old status quo. To read previous posts, click any of the red names below:

Modjeska Simkins   •   Theresa Burroughs  •  Bayard Rustin  •  Clement Wood

Charles Gomillion  •  Myles Horton  •  Golden Frinks  •  James Saxon Childers

Will D. Campbell  •  Joan Little  •  Ralph McGill  •  Juliette Hampton Morgan • Clifford Durr


You can also read Foster’s interview with Kentucky poet Ron Whitehead in Evergreen Review #110, or an excerpt from Foster’s review of Michael Kreyling’s The South That Wasn’t There in the Summer 2012 issue of Callaloo.

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