Books about the American South

Check out this list of interesting books to read to help you prepare for your next trip to the American South.

The United States is very large and so has different cultural and historical influences in different regions. In this post we’re going to take a look at The American South.

The American South is also called “The Bible Belt” because of the many churches, both large and small, scattered across the land as well as religious influence on society in the area. Texas is one of the most internationally known Southern states, but Southern culture in Texas is very different from what you’d find in South Carolina or Georgia. Many parts of Texas identify with the American Southwest (think cowboys and Spaghetti Westerns) whereas in the states that make up the American South are more closely related to a slower, sweet-tea and fried chicken kind of lifestyle.

The American South is both enchanting and evil. It is the place where the slave trade started in the United States as well as where the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. It is also home to world-famous Southern hospitality, Gospel, and Soul Food. A place where centuries-old oak trees rustle in the cool Southern breezes. It’s the birthplace of Ray Charles and Hank Williams and where Gullah Geechee culture still thrives today.

In order to give you a chance to experience The American South, we’ve compiled a list of novels and short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, that will transport you among the chaos and beauty of the region.

  1. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt

Published: 1999

This non-fiction novel explores the ins and outs of life in Savannah, Georgia while centering around a shocking crime.

  1. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Published: 1982

The novel explores the lives of two sisters in rural Georgia as they cope with hardship and sacrifice.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Published: 1960

A cornerstone of the American literary canon, this novel depicts both the moral depths of the human conscience as well as a coming-of-age story in a small Southern town.

  1. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

Published: 1930

A harrowing tale of one family’s journey across rural Mississippi to bury their wife and mother, Addie.

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café – Fannie Flagg

Published: 1987

This novel ties together two stories of friendship, loss, and adventure, one set in 1980’s Alabama and the other in the 1930’s.

  1. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor – Flannery O’Connor

Published: 1955

This is the largest compilation of short stories by one of The American South’s most prolific authors.

  1. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

Published: 1952

This novel shows the nightmare of the nameless protagonist’s literal journey across The American South to the streets of Harlem as well as the horrors of his figurative journey across the racial divide.

  1. The Water is Wide – Pat Conroy

Published: 1972

The true story of Pat Conroy’s difficult and rewarding year teaching on Yamacraw Island, a land where the way of life is threatened by the fast-growing, overbearing world around it.

 

Learn English with the News – Liverpool Loses UNESCO World Heritage Status

The prestigious status of UNESCO World Heritage Status has been revoked for the city of Liverpool, a likely devastating decision for the city’s tourism. The city’s innovative and modern vision towards the future has been the prime factor for losing the title, however some citizens are suspicious about what has happened, and would prefer a reevaluation.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

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Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Liverpool Loses UNESCO World Heritage Status | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Liverpool Loses UNESCO World Heritage Status | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Liverpool Loses UNESCO World Heritage Status | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

Full Text:

Liverpool, a port city in northwest England, has lost its UNESCO World Heritage status. A global committee decided that new developments in the city have taken a significant toll on the city’s history. Many people know that Liverpool is famous for the Beatles and its two world-renowned football teams.
It was first added to the World Heritage list in 2004. This status is awarded to major tourist destinations, like Machu Picchu in Peru, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Acropolis in Greece.
The UNESCO committee said that new developments like Liverpool Waters and new football stadium were “detrimental to the site’s authenticity and integrity.”
The local population is concerned because the project is important for creating new jobs.
Joanne Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, says that she is “hugely disappointed and concerned.” The mayor claims that UNESCO has not fully evaluated the city in a decade. She remains committed to maintaining and improving the city’s buildings.
UNESCO says that being removed from the World Heritage List is a loss for the international community and shared values of the World Heritage Convention.

Have got/Has got – English Grammar Exercise

We use have got and has got to talk about things that belong to people.

We use have got and has got like this:

Examples:

I have got black hair / I’ve got black hair.
She has got red hair / She’s got red hair.

Now you try!

Have got/has got quiz

Complete the sentences with have got or has got.

Have got/has got quiz II

Rewrite the sentences using the contracted (shorter) form of have got/has got.

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