People

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

Miss Adelicia’s Beautiful Belmont Mansion

Nashville, Tennessee

The story of one of Nashville’s most remarkable homes is predominantly the story of one of her most remarkable women.

Noble in Character, Worthy in Deed: Uncle Cal and His Famous Racehorses

Lexington, Kentucky

Owner of both Exterminator and Merrick, Cal Milam may have been shrewd about racehorses, but he had a big heart

Waffle House: An American Dream

Atlanta, Georgia

Though it’s grown far beyond its humble beginnings, Waffle House continues to cater to the blue-collar backbone of the South

America’s Iconic Feud: Hatfield v. McCoy

Mingo County, West Virginia; Pike County, Kentucky

The Hatfield-McCoy story is our own Shakespearean tragedy—but with the bitter bite of reality

The Life of Hank Williams: Tragedy and Legend

Montgomery, Alabama

Hank Williams not only sang country songs, but he lived the pains and joys of country music

Devil Anse Hatfield: The Man and the Name

Logan, West Virginia

The grisly Hatfield-McCoy feud of the mid-nineteenth century is undoubtedly the most well-known of American family wars, and Devil Anse the most iconic figure of the story