Curated Project Week 1: Brainstorm
I really enjoy exploring the back roads and small towns of my home state, Georgia. Whenever I come across a decrepit “main drag” of peeling Victorian houses or a lonely post office that doubles as the only proof of a town’s existence with a zip code, I always find myself burning with questions about the places’ origins and culture. What do the people that use this post office do for a living? More importantly, what do they do for fun so far from the cities? Knowing more about these tiny townships must lead to a greater understanding of the South and what truly is a representation of the Southern Imaginative.
The South Will ‘shine Again!
From Stephen Fry’s documentary on the South, the segment about Kentucky Bourbon was amusing and very interesting. The process, history and variation of products would be an unquenchable source of study. It is also a widely recognized Southern activity and practice, so connecting it to the course would be relatively easy. Only, I feel as though so many people and Fire Fox chapters have been devoted to this area of study that I would find it difficult to choose an original or thought-provoking topic about the South’s handling of liquor.
Aspects of Southern Culture
People from the North or elsewhere that visit the South during the fall to see the leaves change in the back drop of the Appalachian Mountain Chain System.
“How small Southern towns and businesses make a living off of the South’s season-oriented tourist industry.”
The culture, the people, their continued legacy. Site specific to the communities near Edisto Island, SC. (See Youtube clip of our Gullah tour guide Mary, singing some Gullah songs on a windy boat ride.)
Macon, Georgia’s Otis Redding and Augusta’s Late Great James Brown. What their connections to the South were and its influence on their sound. The significance of their success and legacies as they occurred in the midst of the Civil Rights Era.