Marble Tar-Babies

Marble Tar-Babies

Inheriting Civil War Stuff In Joel Chandler Harris’s “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story,” the turpentine and tar stick figure stays still and silent throughout the two-page short story. Yet, it’s the Tar-Baby’s refrain from polite speech that draws the ire of Brer Rabbit...
The Old South’s Rug, the New South’s Blanket

The Old South’s Rug, the New South’s Blanket

Southern Gothic Copes with Southern Shame “The Civil War was fought over states’ rights, not slavery,” my fifth-grade teacher said with her back turned to the class and the same smarty-pants tone we used on the playground. On the way home from school, I told my mother...
Who Writes the Nonfiction of Slavery?

Who Writes the Nonfiction of Slavery?

Returning Southern History to the Victims It Consumed Not only is the history of slavery a controversial topic, but there’s also a generational debate over if it’s a subject of current conversations. Millennials insist they discuss slavery over happy hour...
Who writes the Fiction of Slavery?

Who writes the Fiction of Slavery?

People across the world tuned in to the Roots mini-series, resulting in the above Time piece, as well as more open discussion about slavery and racism. During Reconstruction, Joel Chandler Harris was an associate editor for The Atlanta Constitution and a prominent...