Explore Spirit archive by topic
One of the best guides for exploring literature and journalism from this era remains the 22 subjects typical of Old Southwestern Humor, as set forth by Hennig Cohen & William B. Dillingham in Humor of the Old Southwest. We'd like to thank the University of Georgia Press for permission to reproduce these here. Click on any topic below to get a list of titles, authors, publication information, and links to transcripts and facsimiles.
1 ] The Hunt
We have placed sketches of military life under topic 6. We have also added a few categories for pieces that do not quite fall under any of Cohen and Dillingham's subjects:
Online Secondary Sources and Criticism
Hardy, Valerie. "The Genteel Humorist and the Journalist of the American Frontier: An Examination of Baldwin's The Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi, 'A Domestic Scene,' 'Sloshing About,' and 'A Hanging Case in Kentucky' ." Essay prepared for Eng. 423, Humor of the Southern Frontier, May 2001.
Whitesides, Kristin. "Pugnacity, Power, Prurience and Greed: Preachers from the Frontier to the Television." Essay prepared for Eng. 423, Humor of the Southern Frontier, May 2001. Revised summer, 2004.
Life and Times:
Primary Sources: nonfiction
Photography and digital video of recreations of frontier life (under development)