Welcome to Soul of the South, SGA’s repository for tips and tidbits that focus on the American South’s cultural, literary, music, language, food and folk traditions. In addition, from time to time, we’ll feature “Southern Superlatives” – national and regional news that shows how SGA states and the region stack up in areas such as education, quality of life, “best ofs” and more.

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  • Deep South magazine has a terrific review of a new book with haunting images of Katrina.






  • Reese Witherspoon created the lifestyle site, Draper James, to honor her Southern heritage!






  • In Crisfield, MD, several hundred hard shell crabs race to win this crustacean competition!


  • As summer comes to a close, unwind at one of these seven sumptuous Southern spas!