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notes and sources

  • This selection is the Introduction to I'll Take My Stand; the South and the Agrarian Tradition, a collection of essays written by twelve Southerners and published in 1930.

  • Tennessee Agrarians, an essay by the prolific Edmund Wilson, long time writer and literary figure (the New Republic, Vanity Fair, the Dial, the New Yorker) in apparent reaction to I'll Take My Stand.

  • That Evening Sun Go Down by William Faulkner was published in The American Mercury in March, 1931. The story was later published in The American Mercury Reader (1946), a collection of the best stories, articles and poems published by the magazine to date.

  • Kneel To The Rising Sun and Other Stories by Erskine Caldwell was published in 1935.

  • "Corn Cobs Twist Your Hair" is one chapter from Contance Rourke's exploration of American Humor. For further reading, please visit our hypertext.

  • The Lumberjacks Go Sissy is another selection culled from the pages of The American Mercury Reader. Author Stewart Holbrook is there called "an authority on the more manly phases of American folklore, having written many books on the subject."

  • John Steinbeck writes in a 1937 post-publication introduction to Tortilla Flat that when the book was written, it did not occur to him that "paisanos were curious or quaint, dispossessed or underdoggish." "Had I known that these stories and these people should be considered quaint," he proffers, "I think I should never have written them."

  • The Lost Boy by Thomas Wolfe was originally published in Redbook in 1937.