Who is the company trying to reach with these commercials except, perhaps, all those white women who read ‘The Help’ and are looking to recapture some of that for themselves? It’s certainly an interesting marketing ploy. Perhaps that is the point. Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: Black Domestic in a Can: A South Carolina Ad Agency “Helps” Glory Foods
[This article is cross-posted from Pop South.] Oh, for goodness sake! The Republican candidates for president went South and the next thing you know Mitt Romney touted “cheesy grits” and practiced saying “ya’ll,” and Rick Santorum adopted a hick accent and told people “I got kin here in Mississippi. I’m not sure. . . (don’t say “what… Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: Republican Candidates in the South: A Confederacy of Dunces. So, too, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir & Co.
Author Karen L. Cox evaluates The History Channel show You Don’t Know Dixie and challenges southern historians to participate in pop culture discussions. Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: You Don’t Know Dixie—And If You Do, You Should Be Paying Attention to Pop Culture
On the discovery of Confederate tchotkes in a not-so-Confederate region of the South Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: Confederate Tchotkes and the American Dream
Southern historian Karen L. Cox explores a Charlotte neighborhood designed with a ‘Gone with the Wind’ theme. Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: Taragate–A Gone with the Wind Scandal? Not exactly.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War epic, Gone with the Wind. The book and its characters are being celebrated and discussed around the world. From Atlanta to Calcutta, people have weighed in on why they like… Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: GONE WITH THE WIND as Southern History
With April comes spring flowers, events marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and, in states across the South, celebrations of Confederate History Month. But if you’re serious about your commemorations, why not buy some Confederate hair? Continue Reading Remembering the Civil War with Confederate Hair
As we mark Loretta Lynn’s 50th anniversary in country music, I think it’s important to recognize her not only for her contributions to country music, but also for her role in women’s history as a troubadour for working-class women everywhere. Continue Reading When You’re Lookin’ at Her, You’re Lookin’ at History
My students, and probably some friends and relatives, would be surprised to learn that I am a fan of southern hip hop. What, pray tell, would a 40-something white woman know and enjoy about music from the Dirty South? Well, to answer that I’d have to go back to the days of my youth. Way… Continue Reading The Dirty South: Why It’s on MY Pop Culture Radar
As you know by now, Charlotte, North Carolina was selected to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and between Michelle Obama’s email announcing the decision and the national media’s comments on said decision, there’s a lesson or two in how the South continues to elicit both positive and negative statements about its character that are… Continue Reading The DNC and the National Media—Bringing Southern Stereotypes to a City Near You
No sooner had I written the last blog post about representations of the South on reality television than another show made it to the air—TLC’s Bama Belles. It seems unlikely that “belle” is an appellation anyone would apply to women who don camouflage to hunt or are ready to start a bar fight. Still, the… Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: For Whom the Belle Tolls
UNC Press author Karen L. Cox draws from some of my favorite not-so-guilty pleasures in a guest post about representations of the South in reality television and popular culture. Her forthcoming book, Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture, examines how entertainment, advertising, and the media construct a romanticized view… Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: The South…In Reality