The South

​Intelligent Television, Insignia Films, and PBS are producing an epic television and education project on the history of the American South in the 20th century.   

Such an initiative is long overdue. Southerners of every era have believed that the worlds of their youth and the cultures of their region are vanishing. Indeed, the urgency behind “The South” becomes stronger with each Southerner’s death. Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash, with their diverse backgrounds in Southern music, are now gone. Strom Thurmond and David Brinkley, with their divergent views of Southern politics, are gone. Dale Earnhardt of North Carolina and Willie Morris of Mississippi are gone. Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King have passed into history. “The South” must move quickly to collect, archive, and convey their history and legacies.

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