John Bardes is a PhD candidate in Tulane University's Department of History. His research examines race, criminal justice, and the Reconstruction Era within the U.S. South. He is working on his dissertation, "A Freedom So Jumbled and Confused: Vagrancy Law, Police Power, and Slave Emancipation in New Orleans, 1833–1877."
Rachel Boillot is a photographer, documentary artist, and educator. She holds a BA in Sociology from Tufts University, a BFA in Photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. Her work has been funded by the Annenberg Foundation (Los Angeles, CA), the Riverview Foundation (Chattanooga, TN), the Tennessee Arts Commission (Nashville, TN), and the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.). Boillot currently teaches in the Art Department at Lincoln Memorial University, serves as Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings, directs the Cumberland Folklife series of documentary films, and maintains her photographic practice in East Tennessee.
Simone Delerme is McMullan Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. Her research focuses on Latino migration to the American South, specifically Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and the social class distinctions and racialization processes that create divergent experiences in southern spaces and places.
Edward John Harcourt is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) and received his PhD in American History from Vanderbilt University. A previous article on "The Making of Sam Davis, 'Boy Hero of the Confederacy'" appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of Southern Cultures.
Bernard L. Herman, George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, works on the material cultures of everyday life and the ways in which people furnish, inhabit, communicate, and understand the worlds of things. His teaching and research cohere around teaching and public engagement and a deeply held belief that work of the arts and humanities finds its first calling in the public sphere. He also grows oysters on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where he cultivates a "library" of fig varietals.
Zachary J. Lechner is an Assistant Professor of History at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. His first book, The South of the Mind: American Imaginings of White Southernness, 1960–1980, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2018.
Emilia Phillips is the author of three poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, most recently Empty Clip (forthcoming 2018) and Groundspeed (2016). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications, including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Shawn Pitts is a former president of the Tennessee Folklore Society and serves on the boards of Humanities Tennessee and the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2012 he was awarded by the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress for documentation and preservation of the Stanton Littlejohn recordings. [End Page 128]