Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Aram Goudsouzian

What is “the South”?

Fitzhugh Brundage reflects on an ambitious undertaking: A New History of the American South

A New History of the American South collects interpretations of Southern history into a coherent, fascinating narrative. Its editor, Fitzhugh Brundage, will discuss the book at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 21-22.

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Learning from the Lady Lovers

Historian Cookie Woolner unearths communities of Black queer women in the 1920s and ‘30s

In The Famous Lady Lovers, Cookie Woolner excavates the communities built by Black queer women in the interwar era. Woolner will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on September 12.

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Rights and Revolutions

Historian Timothy S. Huebner discusses how a “culture of constitutionalism” shaped the Civil War era

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In Liberty and Union, Rhodes College professor Timothy S. Huebner brings together an enormous body of scholarship on the secession crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction, compelling us to reconsider what we think we know about the era.

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Reaching Others at a Deeper Level

C.T. Vivian recounts a life devoted to justice and nonviolence

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: It’s in the Action, the posthumous memoir by civil rights legend C.T. Vivian, reveals a life of extraordinary vision, conscience, and discipline.

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The Myth and the Man

Jonathan Eig’s King: A Life captures the civil rights leader in his full humanity

With King: A Life, Jonathan Eig has written the definitive biography of Martin Luther King Jr. for this generation. Eig will discuss King: A Life at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 1.

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Memories of Massacre

Historians Beverly Bond and Susan O’Donovan illuminate a tragic chapter in Memphis history

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: With Remembering the Memphis Massacre, a collection of essays by notable historians, editors Beverly Bond and Susan O’Donovan bring to light a forgotten chapter in Southern history and explain how it shaped the future of American democracy. 

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