In the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures
From mullet fishing on Brown's Island to shrimping on the Gulf
Coast, from recreation on the Great Lakes of the South to coastal
tourism in the Sunbelt and tramping in the swampy lowlands of
eastern NC, we take a look at tourism's vital role in regional
economies and the challenges of conservation and
Also in this issue, Andrew W. Kahrl examines the Sunbelt's
foundation, "plac[ing] the coast at the center of the story and
seek[ing] to understand how beaches came to reflect and influence
broader changes in the region's cultures and political economy."
Christopher J. Manganiello details the rise of dams on the Savannah
River, which now block the migration of shad and sturgeon. "What
did the shoals look like when the lilies bloomed?" he asks.
"And…what would it be like to witness the great shad
migrations and fishing parties of the past?" Ian Draves addresses
that question by exploring the Tennessee Valley Authority's impact
on tourism, and John James Kaiser chronicles the battle over rate
hikes and regulated energy from North Carolina's Southern Power
Company (now Duke Energy).
David Cecelski's annotated photo essay, "An Eye for Mullet,"
provides witness to Brown's Island Mullet Camp. The photos, taken
by Charles Farrell in 1938, reflect a time when fish dealers in
Morehead City, N.C., "loaded so many barrels of salt mullet on
outbound freight cars that local people referred to the railroad as
'the Old Mullet Line.'" Bernard L. Herman and William Arnett offer
another visual take on water through the work of artists including
Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, and Thornton Dial Jr.
ALSO! Poetry by Patricia Smith; and a short recollection by Bland
Simpson on the swamps of his youth.