The Deep South

Children of the Changing South

Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives in Montgomery, Alabama. His work has centered mainly on subjects related to the American South, multiculturalism, education, and social justice. His edited collection, Children of the Changing South, published by McFarland & Co. in 2011, contains memoirs by eighteen writers and historians who grew up in the South during and after the Civil Rights movement. The Alabama Writers Forum’s review of the book stated, “Besides being a great read, this collection provides a valuable new perspective on Southern history.”

Foster’s other published books include I Just Make People Up: Ramblings with Clark Walker and The Life and Poetry of John Beecher. Foster also acted as general editor for the curriculum guide, Treasuring Alabama’s Black Belt. His most recent book Closed Ranks, tells the latter-day story of the Whitehurst Case, a police-shooting controversy in Montgomery, Alabama in the mid-1970s.

Top and recent posts about Alabama and the Deep South:

“A Thousand Small Changes” from June 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

“Roy, His Rock, and This Hard Place” from November 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

“Alabamiana: 30 Years since Baxley-Graddick” from September 2016

“Women, Wages, Work, and Wisdom” from July 2016

“Alabamiana: Fr. Michael Caswell, 1909 – 1971” from May 2016

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

“Bad News Times Three, Alabama” from July 2015

“Chasing Ghosts: Southern Pride” from January 2014


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

Fr. Michael Caswell, 1909 – 1971

Pardoning Clarence Norris, 1976

30 Years since Baxley-Graddick, 1986

Wedowee, 1994

Disrupters & Interlopers

Myles Horton

Golden Frinks

James Saxon Childers

Will D. Campbell

Joan Little

Ralph McGill

Juliette Hampton Morgan

You can also read Foster’s interview with Kentucky poet Ron Whitehead in Evergreen Review #110.

*Read 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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