A word cloud created using title entries in the annual bibliography “Southern History in Periodicals, 2017”
At the Journal editorial offices, we are putting the final touches on the second issue of Volume 84, which will be published in May.
Jeffrey S. Adler, professor of history and criminology at the University of Florida, returns to the Journal with “‘A Low Caste White Man with Lust in His Heart’: Race, Deviance, and Criminal Justice in Jim Crow New Orleans.” Using a database of New Orleans homicides between 1920 and 1945 that he has constructed from police, autopsy, court, and prison records, as well as local newspapers, Adler focuses on the killing of Hattie McCray, a black teenaged girl, by Charles Guerand, an off-duty white police officer. The prosecution of Hattie McCray’s killer, Adler argues, was not so much about finding justice for a murdered black girl as it was about “managing white class relations in order to protect white supremacy.”
Tyler Gray Greene, who recently completed his dissertation at Temple University and teaches at Philadelphia University, contributes “Farm to Factory: Secondary Road Building and the Rural Industrial Geography of Post–World War II North Carolina.” Greene examines how and why industrialization in the South was “primarily a rural story.” A well-supported state network of highways and secondary roads connected factories to regional and national markets but also enabled factory owners to locate plants in rural areas where the labor was cheap, plentiful, and non-unionized. Unfortunately, the types of industries attracted by these characteristics—textiles, apparel, food processing—were low-wage to start with and susceptible to globalized economic pressures.
In “The Politics of Queer Disidentification and the Limits of Neoliberalism in the Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equality in Houston,” Wesley G. Phelps, an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, takes Journal readers to 1980s Houston, with an analysis of the local political power and organization of the city’s LGBT communities through the Gay Political Caucus. Focusing on a Houston city council effort to pass municipal nondiscrimination ordinances and the subsequent 1985 mayoral election, Phelps highlights the development of a “sexuality-blind ideology” and how neoliberalism constrains social justice movements.
And as always, the May issue offers readers a couple of ways to catch up with the most recent scholarship in southern history: in addition to the usual book reviews section, the May issue features the annual bibliography of articles in the field published in 2017. SHA members can stay up-to-date with Association news with Secretary-Treasurer Stephen Berry’s annual report.Tweet