Eli N. Evans, Who Wrote About Jews in American South, Dies at 85

His book “The Provincials” mixed memoir, travelogue and history to tell the story of a culture that many people never knew existed.

#anti-semitism, #books-and-literature, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #evans-eli-n, #jews-and-judaism, #southern-states-us

Heat Advisories and Warnings Are in Place for 100 Million Americans

Record temperatures are possible again on Wednesday as an unrelenting heat wave streches to more of the country.

#arkansas, #heat-and-heat-waves, #louisiana, #national-weather-service, #oklahoma, #southern-states-us, #texas, #weather

Dear Liberals: Come on Down!

Railing on social media from your blue state won’t change a thing down here.

#liberalism-us-politics, #nashville-tenn, #republican-party, #southern-states-us, #tennessee, #united-states-economy

Children Should Not Have to Suffer the State’s Injustice

When states are led by zealots, many of the people who live there are governed by laws they vehemently oppose.

#abortion, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #law-and-legislation, #southern-states-us, #tennessee, #transgender-and-transsexuals

The American Flag Belongs to Me, Too, and This Year I’m Taking It Back

Old Glory has become such a strong a feature of Trump rallies that many liberals have all but rejected it.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #independence-day-us-july-4, #king-martin-luther-jr, #nashville-tenn, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #southern-states-us

On an Endangered River, Another Toxic Disaster Is Waiting to Happen

Waste from coal plants is threatening the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, which the biologist E.O. Wilson called “arguably the biologically richest place” in the nation.

#alabama, #coal, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hydroelectric-power, #mobile-ala, #rivers, #southern-states-us, #water-pollution

Chasing a Mighty Relic of Yesteryear: Union Pacific 4014

A train enthusiast reflects on the grandeur of the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, recently returned to service.

#college-station-tex, #engines, #fort-worth-tex, #photography, #railroads, #restoration-and-renovation, #southern-states-us, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #steel-and-iron, #texas, #travel-and-vacations, #union-pacific-corporation, #united-states

‘Impressive’ Winter Storm to Sweep the U.S. Through Saturday

Winter weather alerts were issued from Arizona to Maine. The Northeast will see the most snow, with some places expecting about a foot, meteorologists said.

#east-coast-us, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #national-weather-service, #new-england-states-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #weather

Can William Barber Reignite the Religious Left? 

This is a man on the grandest of missions: to save this country from itself, to insist that morality ought to decide policy.

#barber-william-j-ii, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #king-martin-luther-jr, #moral-mondays, #southern-states-us, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Why This Could Be a Critical Year for Electric Cars

Booming in a depressed market, battery-powered vehicles are a plus for the climate but pose a big threat to carmakers and parts suppliers that are slow to change.

#automobiles, #batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #casesa-john-a, #center-for-automotive-research, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #keogh-scott, #lithium-metal, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #porsche-ag, #southern-states-us, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

Book Review: ‘South to America,’ by Imani Perry

In “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation,” Imani Perry straddles genres to find her own — and our — South.

#books-and-literature, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #perry-imani, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #south-to-america-a-journey-below-the-mason-dixon-to-understand-the-soul-of-a-nation-book, #southern-states-us, #united-fruit-co

Imani Perry: The Legacy of Slavery in New Orleans

The city has been shaped by both suffering and celebration, and its strength lies in its dualities.

#new-orleans-la, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us

Winter Storm Latest: Thousands Left Without Power

On Monday, parts of Pennsylvania and New York State were expected to see the brunt of a winter storm that killed at least two in the South over the weekend.

#appalachian-region, #national-weather-service, #new-york-state, #northeastern-states-us, #pennsylvania, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

Winter Snow Storm Updates: States Brace for Dangerous Conditions

The storm, which brought snow to the South, was expected to chug along the Appalachians and into the Northeast on Sunday. In the Carolinas, power failures were likely from damaging ice.

#floods, #ice, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #northeastern-states-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #rain, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #weather, #winter-season

Supply Chain Woes Prompt a New Push to Revive U.S. Factories

Companies are testing whether the United States can regain some of the manufacturing output it ceded in recent decades to China and other countries.

#america-knits, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #relocation-of-business, #southern-states-us, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

Alex Haley Taught America About Race — and a Young Man How to Write

In 1968, the celebrated author of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” arrived at Hamilton College to teach and work on his magnum opus, “Roots.” Now, on the centenary of his birth, a former student recalls Haley’s class.

#black-people, #gambia, #genealogy, #haley-alex, #malcolm-x, #roots-tv-program, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x-book, #writing-and-writers

Donating to Environmental Nonprofits in the South

Our collective efforts can make a huge difference.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #nonprofit-organizations, #southern-states-us, #tennessee

Should States Be Allowed to Spend Public Money on Religious Educations?

The Supreme Court is about to consider that question.

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #education, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #maine, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #supreme-court-us

Joe Klein Explains How the History of Four Centuries Ago Still Shapes American Culture and Politics

David Hackett Fischer’s “Albion’s Seed,” published in 1989, describes today’s United States with stunning prescience.

#appalachian-region, #books-and-literature, #fischer-david-hackett, #immigration-and-emigration, #new-england-states-us, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us

U.S. Covid Death Toll Nears 700,000 Despite Availability of Vaccines

The latest Covid-19 deaths were concentrated in the South, and included younger people than before. Every age group under 55 saw its highest death toll of the pandemic this August.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #southern-states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Alabama Begins Removing Racist Language From Its Constitution

Many outdated provisions have long since been invalidated, but the language that was specifically intended to enshrine white supremacy has remained.

#alabama, #black-people, #coleman-merika, #constitutional-amendments, #monument-lab-philadelphia-pa-public-art-studio, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

It’s Time to Get a Flu Shot

Public health experts recommend an annual flu shot, and are worried a “twindemic” with Covid-19 could further burden health care facilities this year.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #influenza, #southern-states-us, #university-of-virginia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Southern Republicans Cannot Be Trusted With Public Health

Some matters are too important to be entrusted to state governments anymore.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #governors-us, #gun-control, #hurricane-ida-2021, #lee-william-byron-1959, #louisiana, #mississippi, #new-orleans-la, #southern-states-us, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

Repeated shocks from hurricanes, fires and floods are pushing some rural communities, already struggling economically, to the brink of financial collapse.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #army-corps-of-engineers, #buildings-structures, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fair-bluff-nc, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #north-carolina, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #small-business, #southern-states-us, #urban-areas

Why Must Wall Street Return to the Office?

Readers take issue with an Opinion guest essay about the ways of Wall Street. Also: Grandma’s advice about the vaccine; universal health care; Andrew Cuomo’s Emmy; the history of slavery.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #emmy-awards, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

Resistance to Vaccines in the Southern States

Readers offer personal glimpses of life in the South. Also: Senators who tested positive for Covid; Afghanistan’s lesson; hydrogen and the climate.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #energy-department, #global-warming, #hydrogen, #southern-states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

The South Must Teach Its Children the Truth

Attempts to restrict how students are taught about racism in schools have multiplied, but some in the South are standing in defense of real history. 

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #tennessee

Across the Country in an Automobile Built for Two

A Times reporter leaving New Jersey for a new job in Texas asks his 2008 Smart car for one more easy-parking adventure.

#automobiles, #road-trips, #smart-division-of-daimler-ag, #southern-states-us, #texas

Covid-19 Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between Vaccinated and Unvaccinated

Data from overseas, particularly Britain, suggest the spread of the virus will set vaccinated and unvaccinated communities on very different paths.

#astrazeneca-plc, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #england, #europe, #great-britain, #immune-system, #india, #infections, #israel, #nature-journal, #oregon, #pfizer-inc, #scotland, #seasons-and-months, #south-africa, #south-america, #southern-states-us, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #western-states-us, #your-feed-science, #youth

‘Critical Race Theory’ And How American History Is Taught

What progressives want, and what conservatives are fighting.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #confederate-states-of-america, #education-k-12, #juneteenth, #lincoln-abraham, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us

The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner

The John Lewis Act would reaffirm Congress’s central role in protecting the right to vote against racially discriminatory changes.

#discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #holmes-oliver-wendell-jr, #lewis-john-r, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #senate, #southern-states-us, #supreme-court-us, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

We’re Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic, and We’re Braced for the Worst

We’ve long needed federal intervention to protect abortion rights, but it’s never been more urgent.

#abortion, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #mississippi, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #southern-states-us

Biden’s Covid Recovery Package Could Hinge on Tomorrow’s Job’s Report

Hint: The employment figures only tell part of the story.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #southern-states-us, #summers-lawrence-h, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Severe Weather Expected in South for Third Straight Day

At least two people have been killed, and forecasters said more tornadoes could come on Tuesday.

#alabama, #arkansas, #georgia, #national-weather-service, #southern-states-us, #texas, #tornadoes, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

The Masters Is Business as Usual as Georgia Faces a Political Onslaught

Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from the Atlanta area, but Georgia’s most cherished sporting event remains firmly rooted in the state.

#augusta-ga, #augusta-national-golf-club, #baseball, #black-people, #elder-lee, #georgia, #golf, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #masters-golf-tournament, #morikawa-collin-1997, #player-gary, #relocation-of-business, #rubio-marco, #southern-states-us

The Painful History of the Georgia Voting Law

Republicans today know that blocking access to the ballot has always relied on legal maneuvering and political schemes.

#elections, #elections-state-legislature, #georgia, #southern-states-us, #talmadge-eugene, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

How a Volunteer Army is Trying to Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

Getting the Vaccine Isn’t Easy for Black Americans in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

Amazon Labor Fight: Wages May Not Ward Off Union

Recent organizing campaigns in the South suggest the company’s wage scale may have left it vulnerable to a union.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #organized-labor, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union, #southern-states-us, #wages-and-salaries

Tornado Watch Warns South of ‘Particularly Dangerous’ Storms

The storms were expected to bring damaging winds over 100 miles per hour and large hail to parts of the South on Wednesday evening.

#national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #southern-states-us, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

Should Black Northerners Move Back to the South?

In “The Devil You Know,” Charles M. Blow argues for a Great Migration in reverse, so that Black people can exercise political power across the South.

#black-people, #blow-charles-m, #books-and-literature, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #southern-states-us, #the-devil-you-know-a-black-power-manifesto-book, #united-states-politics-and-government

A World of Black Intimacy at the Card Table

For the poet Hanif Abdurraqib, playing spades with his friends is about so much more than the game.

#black-people, #cards-and-card-games, #southern-states-us

Storm Victims Didn’t Bring It on Themselves

Disasters call for compassion and action, not sniping on social media.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #portland-ore, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #southern-states-us, #texas, #weather

The 4 Great Migrations

America as we have come to know it is most likely a thing of the past.

#black-people, #census, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrants-environmental, #millennial-generation, #national-public-radio, #northeastern-states-us, #pew-research-center, #population, #southern-states-us, #southwestern-states-us, #united-states

Winter Storm Disrupts Automakers, Retailers and Delivery Services

Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.

#delivery-services, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #midwestern-states-us, #natural-gas, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #walmart-stores-inc, #weather

Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-orleans-la, #poverty, #prisons-and-prisoners, #southern-states-us

Black History’s Place in America’s Story

The failure to appreciate Black history leaves our nation incomplete.

#black-people, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

North Carolina Discontinues License Plates With Confederate Flag

The Division of Motor Vehicles said it had received complaints about the specialty plate, which had been issued to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

#automobile-registration-and-license-plates, #automobiles, #confederate-states-of-america, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #north-carolina, #slavery-historical, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-states-us

We Need a Second Great Migration

Georgia illuminates the path to Black power. It lies in the South. Follow me there.

#atlanta-ga, #black-people, #census, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #elections, #population, #race-and-ethnicity, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #southern-states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #whites

Christmas Eve Brings Blizzard Warnings for Midwest

Forecasters predict blizzards in the Midwest. Freezing temperatures in the South. Flooding and power outages in the Northeast. And maybe tornadoes in Florida.

#christmas, #east-coast-us, #eversource-energy, #jacksonville-fla, #knoxville-tenn, #midwestern-states-us, #national-weather-service, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #weather