LETTERS TO THE EDITORS ........................................ Who Is a Southerner? It's Your Turn to Tell Us Much discussion and writing about the American South are explicitly or implicitly rooted in two broad, highly interdependent issues: southern distinctiveness and southern identity. In our Spring 2005 issue, we published two essays on these topics, "Southerners All?" (by Larry Griffin, Ranae Evenson, and Ashley Thompson) and "Playing Rebels" (by James Farmer). One of our readers, Mrs. Pauline Willis of Sulphur, Louisiana, wrote to take issue with some of the authors' claims and to offer her understanding of these questions. We're printing Mrs. Willis's letter below both because she convincingly expresses the complexity of modern southern life and identity and because she starkly poses one of the most important cultural and moral questions southern studies must confront, namely, "who is a southerner?" We welcome the thoughts of our readers about this question and a host of related issues. How does someone become a southerner in today's multicultural South, for example, and who, if anyone, has the right to say who is a southerner? What does it mean to be a southerner, and what do those of us who claim the identity do with
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 29, 2005
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