Southern Civilization Collection

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Southern Civilization Collection

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The Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection was established to collect printed materials concerning the South from Reconstruction to the present. Presently at over 5,000 titles this collection is a rapidly growing area of scholarship and aims to be a national source for studies of the American South. The focus of the collection is the social, intellectual, educational, and business history of the South. It contains first editions of Southern writers such as William Faulkner, Thomas Dixon, George Washington Cable, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, and others. Reflections on the Civil Rights, Women’s, and Labor movements are captured within this collection as well as recent scholarship on the South.

Items in the Southern Civilization Collection Collection

Black and White: a Song that is a Story about Freedom to Go to School Together
Musician David Arkin wrote the song "Black & White" in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in the Brown vs. Board of Education case. Ten years later, Arkin published a children's book combining his original lyrics with powerful illustrations to…

The Tar-Baby, and Other Rhymes of Uncle Remus
Although considered two of the most iconic figures in American literature, Tar Baby and Uncle Remus are also two of the most controversial. These characters originate in African American folklore, documented by Joel Chandler Harris in the post-Civil…

The Quilts of Gee's Bend
Carolyn Shattuck created this book in the form of a rotating ring flexagon--a movable construction of six hinged tetrahedrons. The twenty-four surfaces of the flexagon bear reproductions of quilt designs. The artist honors the African American women…

Daily Bread
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Amy Pirkle is a book artist and letterpress printer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who established the Perkolator Press in 2005. Relationships, time, and memory are common themes in her works. In a celebration of southern…

The Member of the Wedding
Carson McCullers (1917-1967) wrote eight books, The Member of the Wedding being among one of the most notable. Her writing is often described as Southern Gothic and is reflective of her southern roots. This story captures a young girl's feelings at…

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) published four novels and more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. She is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, which she wrote while in Haiti doing fieldwork in anthropology. This novel is…

Generations: An American Family
John Egerton (1935-2013) was an author and journalist known for his insightful writings on the Civil Rights Movement and southern culture. Generations: An American Family, written after extensive interviews with members of the Ledford family of…

Southern Politics in State and Nation
Vladimir Orlando Key’s (1908-1963) Southern Politics in State and Nation is a microscopic examination, state by state, of southern politics using interviews and statistics. The book is considered one of the most influential books on the subject.…

Wise Blood
Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connors first novel, tells the story of a returning World War II veteran who, haunted by a lifelong crisis of faith, resolves to form an anti-religious ministry in an eccentric southern town. Althogh neglected by most critics…

Steamboatin' on the Cumberland
Judge Byrd Douglas (1894-1965) authored Steamboatin' on the Cumberland, a history of the Cumberland River. The book is a comprehesive exploration of the 516 miles of the river in Tennessee and Kentucky and contains the names of more than 1200…