TIME Magazine: The American South

TIME Magazine’s special issue on the American South focuses on the stories, lives and history behind the country’s most culturally complex region
July 26, 2018 1:10 PM EDT


Abrams campaigns at a barbecue restaurant in Atlanta on July 2
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Stacey Abrams Could Become America’s First Black Female Governor—If She Can Turn Georgia Blue

By Molly Ball | Photographs by Akasha Rabut for TIME

Editor’s Letter

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Why TIME Created a Special Issue on the American South

By Edward Felsenthal


Photographs from Thibodeaux’s first monograph, In That Land of Perfect Day
Brandon Thibodeaux

My True South: Why I Decided to Return Home

By Jesmyn Ward


Oscar Diaz of the Cortez in Raleigh, N.C., which has become an exemplar of new Southern cuisine
Mike Belleme for TIME

How Southern Food Has Finally Embraced Its Multicultural Soul

By Gustavo Arellano | Photographs by Mike Belleme for TIME


The line outside a Trump rally in Nashville in the spring. Trump’s 2016 victory continued the GOP’s dominance of Southern politics
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What Democrats Don’t Get About the South

By David French


A young woman skates in front of an LGBT Pride booth at a music festival in Berea, KY
Meg Wilson

The South Could Mend America’s Divide—If It Reckons With Its Past

By Jon Meacham


The Mississippi River, seen here north of New Orleans, feeds into the Port of South Louisiana, the largest port in the U.S. Port workers here have higher average starting salaries than workers in the tourism sector
Stacy Kranitz

Why the Mississippi Remains the South’s Most Vital Artery

By Walter Isaacson





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Waters of the Bayou

By Nathaniel Rich


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Growing Up in a ‘Sundown Town’

By Silas House


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Jogging Through Paynes Prairie

By Lauren Groff


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Doe’s Eat Place

By Julia Reed


Natalie Nelson for TIME

In Elvis We Trust

By Ace Atkins


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The Church of SEC Football

By Paul Finebaum


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Fried Chicken on Race Day

By Stephanie Powell Watts


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Hunting Camp

By David Joy


New Poetry


Waterfront area of Mobile is covered by water caused by high tides from hurricane Camille. Mobile did not suffer any substantial wind damage.
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‘Duty’ a Poem by Natasha Trethewey


Side facade of cottage on Pulaski Street, Tybee Island, Georgia. Homes on this street were formerly barracks for enlisted men when Fort Screven was an active military installation.
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‘Foreday in the Morning’ a Poem by Jericho Brown


Apple orchard at sunrise. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina.
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‘An Orchard at the Bottom of a Hill’ by Maurice Manning


Change Agents


Before launching a criminal-justice reform initiative in 1989, attorney and advocate Bryan Stevenson represented prisoners on the South’s death rows
Nick Frontiero

Meet the 31 People Who Are Changing the South

By TIME Staff


Photo Essay


Dayo Okeniyi, left, and Brad Carter on the set of Emperor, an upcoming historical drama produced by Freedom Run Films. Other historical films like Glory and Remember the Titans have also taken advantage of Georgia’s timeless landscapes.
RaMell Ross for TIME


How Georgia Became the Hollywood of the South: TIME Goes Behind the Scenes

By Eliana Dockterman | Photographs by RaMell Ross for TIME


Favorite Places


Miranda Lambert; Brittany Howard; Tim McGraw; Faith Hill
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Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill and Other Celebrities Share Their Favorite Spots in the South

By TIME Staff


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