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Southern Hollows

Southern Hollows is home to the dark side of southern history. These true stories, often little known, take you into historical moments and introduce you to historical figures that we ought never forget. Hear stories of the well-known United States history periods like Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and Native American Removal, but also stories of the individuals who oppressed and disenfranchised -- and the historical settings that made it possible. If you love challenging stories from history -- especially challenging stories from southern history -- you've found it at Southern Hollows.

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The Mayor's Mob

In this episode, we go back in history to a sunny Saturday morning in 1891, when as many as 10,000 New Orleans citizens from all walks of life storm the Parish Prison to lynch a dozen Italian immigrants who had been rounded up as suspects in a local murder. RATE AND REVIEW US ON ITUNES | GET THE EPISODE EXTRAS Get your TWO FREE AUDIOBOOKS at Audible See the HUGE SELECTION at DeepTickets.com


9 May 2017

Rank #1

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Broad Daylight

A city conspires to vengeance in 1917 after a local schoolgirl is murdered. Law enforcement is all but suspended as an organized committee forms to abduct a suspect from police custody and stage a gruesome public spectacle. After you've listened, learn more on the Episode Extras page. 


19 Jun 2017

Rank #2

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Doctors Orders

In the Spring of 1944, the town of New Iberia, Louisiana, threatened, beat, and expelled key leaders of the town’s black community – leaders who had recently formed a new NAACP branch and were in danger of getting, by some accounts, the “upper hand.” Among the expelled were the town’s only black physicians, and their removal left the town without a black doctor – or strong black community leadership – until the civil rights movement. Photos, show notes and more at: http://www.southernhollows.com/episodes/doctorsorders


23 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Breaking Down

On a cold, rainy afternoon in 1968 a Memphis garbage truck malfunctioned and killed the two "garbage packers" riding inside. It was the last straw for the city's more than 1,000 sanitation workers, who walked off the job in protest of the conditions. But they ran head-on into an immovable Mayor, and the ensuing battle brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to town for what was to be his last march. After you listen, click over to the Southern Hollows website for the pictures, credits, and links for this episode: www.southernhollows.com/episodes/memphissanitationstrike


19 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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Moving Pictures

When filmmaker D.W. Griffith released Birth of a Nation in 1915, the revolutionary film changed the way America thought about the movies, and in many respects launched the modern film industry. But lesser known is the role Birth of a Nation had in the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan. Long eradicated, the Klan was relaunched alongside the film and rode its wave to grow to millions of members. Pictures, sources, credits and more are at www.southernhollows.com/episodes/birthofanation.


6 Feb 2018

Rank #5