Foster Dickson is a life-long Alabamian who grew up in Montgomery during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Like many Generation-Xers in the Deep South, Foster has experienced the changes to this region firsthand and felt the effects personally. Having been born in the post-Civil Rights era and raised during the Reagan-era swing from the Democratic “Solid South” to the “ruby red” Republicanism of today, Generation X has seen historic alterations to the fabric of Deep Southern culture and is now making our own alterations to this much-fabled landscape.
“Dirty Boots: A Column of Critical Thinking, Border Crossing, and Noblesse Oblige” is a weekly column that began publication in October 2018. New posts are published every Tuesday afternoon and offer a Deep Southern, Generation X perspective on life in the 21st century, whose daily (and political) realities regularly present new quandaries that are born out of the old quandaries. Whether the issue is education or race or food or economics, weekly posts address the possibilities for change in a region with an earned reputation for resisting it.
Top posts about Generation X in the Deep South:
“Alabamiana: The House of Judah, 1991” from February 2019
“‘Scarred but Smarter’: A Drivin’ N Cryin’ documentary (2012)” from December 2018
“The Boxes in the Attic: A Love Story” from January 2018
“On the Edgy Edge of Edginess” from May 2017
“Alabamiana: Wedowee, 1994” from February 2017
“Where did twenty years go?” from December 2016
“The Old Agrarian-ness of a New Ethos” from May 2016
“My little Echo at 13” from May 2013
“How Cool It Was— Back Then” from January 2013