People

The Literary Battles of Faulkner and Hemingway

Oxford, Mississippi

Faulkner and Hemingway dominated the literary scene of the early and mid-twentieth century, but their adverse styles were a point of contention and prideful conflict.

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

Gee’s Bend, Alabama

Boykin, Alabama

Strong and determined like the river that quilts their tiny community, the creative folks of Gee’s Bend have a story to tell—and a good way of telling it.

Asheville Folk

Asheville, North Carolina

It’s a community of collaborators—photographers, painters, writers, musicians, hikers, entrepreneurs, foodies, and other folk—who have found the mountains of Asheville the ideal place for work and home

How Jackson Became Stonewall

Manassas, Virginia

Southern General Bernard Bee helped to create the Stonewall Jackson legend, but was that his intent?

Robert E. Lee: The Man and His Horses

Lexington, Virginia

Perhaps no one served General Lee so faithfully during his Civil War years as his devoted horses, Traveller and Lucy Long

Birmingham Rising: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Birmingham, Alabama

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Jailhouse Manifesto embodies the eloquent grace and fire of the man and city it sought to represent.

The Making of Mark Twain

Hannibal, Missouri

Would Mark Twain have been Mark Twain without the name? It was another one of history’s close calls.

America’s Appalachian Manor

Asheville, North Carolina

George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore has been from the beginning not only a millionaire’s dream home but one of America’s most fascinating works of art

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 2): Scotty Moore

Gadsden, Tennessee

Not just Southern music—Scotty Moore’s guitar in the shadow of Elvis changed the future of rock and roll, and the world of music has never been the same

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part One)

Mt. Vernon, Charlottesville, and Montpelier Station, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee

Through slander, grief, and war, these women stood beside the Founding Fathers with all the wit, grace, and charm that come from roots planted deep in Southern soil

General Lee and Santa Claus

Lee was a shrewd general, yes, but also a kindhearted man with a love for children—as well as, apparently, a personal acquaintance with good ol’ St. Nick himself!