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Karen L. Cox, professor in the History Department and author of the recently published book Dreaming of Dixie: How the South was Created in American Popular Culture (UNC Press, 2011), was featured in The New York Times on September 17, 2011. Her op-ed, "The South Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie," intelligently discusses the intersection of reality TV and Southern stereotypes against a backdrop of the complex and changing dynamics that characterize today's South.

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