Kitty Wells, 1965

Kitty Wells Talks Back with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”

On May 3, 1952, Kitty Wells recorded “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” written by J. D. Miller, for Decca in Nashville. Despite being banned by the Grand Ole Opry and NBC, it still reached number one on the Billboard country charts, a first for a solo female artist, and set off a … [Read more…]

Our Southern Grandmothers: The Legend of Phyllis Player

We do not forget our kin here in the south. We know our roots run deep, and we know them each by name. Grandmothers keep family trees written in the fronts of their Bibles, and with them show their progeny exactly who they are and where they are from. We tell our children and our … [Read more…]

Roxcy O’Neal Bolton: Florida’s Feminist Pioneer

photo credit: Florida Memory Project

In 1971, U.S. Representative Bella Abzug introduced legislation declaring August 26 Women’s Equality Day. The date was significant because on that day in 1920 the 19th Amendment took effect, granting women the right to vote. But it was a Mississippi-born feminist from Coral Gables, Florida, that pushed Richard Nixon into supporting a day of national … [Read more…]

Progressivism in the Bible Belt: Bernie Sanders Visits the Deep South

Bernie Sanders drawing by Daniel Bein

  Last week presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders visited several Southern states on a mission to see what promotes policy for lawmakers in the region and to take the temperature of Southern Democratic voters at a number of rallies in South Carolina, the first state in the South to vote in presidential election … [Read more…]