SOHP Series X. Rural South

The South is a place and an experience that motivates identity and historical change. These interviews, 2014-, explore social, economic, and political life of the rural south, with a particular focus on foodways, racial discrimination, and segregated spaces. This project was born out of Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery's research on southern foodways (drawing from her involvement with the documentary television series A Chef's Life, which airs nationally on PBS and focuses on locally-produced foods, farmers, and kitchen labor in eastern North Carolina) and Lumbee history and communities, and Dr. Seth Kotch's work on making visible the sometimes invisible forces of structural discrimination in African American rural communities. These interviews merge geography with gender, race, labor, and the environment to understand rural spaces and places in North Carolina and beyond and change over time in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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