"What are we to make of the fact that blue-state progressives... were buying in to the same maps that neoconservatives had been circulating for years?"
"Re-imagining the Red States: New Directions for Southern Studies," a presentation by Tara McPherson
Published on December 14, 2004
On November 15, 2004, Tara McPherson presented "Re-imagining the Red States" at Emory University. Prof. McPherson discusses how a variety of maps, blogs, e-mails, and weblinks represent the US South since the November 2004 election. "The binary logic of red versus blue does not serve us well if we truly aim to imagine a more just nation," she concludes. In the second half of her illustrated talk, Prof. McPherson considers Katherine DuPre Lumpkin and Minnie Bruce Pratt as alternative models for southern identity who help to destabilize red-state/blue-state thinking.