People

Charles Willson Peale: Artist of the American Revolution

Chester, Maryland

A man of the times, Charles Willson Peale rose from poverty not only to participate in the birth of a nation but to paint its portrait along the way

Alexander Stephens, Vice President to a Failing Nation

Crawfordville, Georgia

Fully supportive of slavery but resistant to secession, Alexander Stephens believed in and fought for a state’s right to both

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Three

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; Itawamba County, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama

Rebels, musical visionaries, but still country girls at heart, the women who built country music took their own paths to success

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Two

Butcher Hollow, KY; Winchester, VA; McMinnville, TN

These country music icons paved the way with each teardrop and heartbreak they sang

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part One

Hot Springs, AR; Scott County, VA; Nashville, TN

More than pretty faces and sweet Southern voices, these influential guitarists and hardworking performers showed the world of country music that women musicians could hold their own

Off the Field and into Eternity: The Legacy of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Why is football in the South a veritable religion? Among other reasons is the enduring effect upon both the sport and the section by the “Bear” of Alabama.

Beauty in the Battlements: Confederate Artist Conrad Wise Chapman

Hampton, Virginia

Largely forgotten following the South’s defeat, Conrad Wise Chapman left an extraordinary legacy in the form of thirty-one war-time paintings

Lizards, Whales, and Bedtime Tales: In Praise of a Southern Dad

Montgomery, Alabama

The story of one Southerner’s dad who had a bad case of a contagious love for learning

Close Encounters with Bonnie and Clyde

Wellington, Texas; Longview, Texas

As Public Enemy No. 1, the infamous Bonnie and Clyde both terrified and captivated the American public—but with some the story got a little to close to home

The Hero in the Feathered Hat: JEB Stuart

Ararat, Virginia

The “eyes and ears” of Robert E. Lee, the dashing General “Jeb” Stuart became not only a legendary hero but the symbol of all the Confederacy eventually lost

They Called Them Feist: The Southern Breed of Dogs

Texarkana, Arkansas

Once the most common dog found in these parts, these short, energetic, scrappy canines have played a prominent role in the history and literature of the South

How Peanuts Saved the South

Tuskegee, Alabama

George Washington Carver pushed the peanut to prominence in the South—and saved the region