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Oral History


In this recording, Thomas Craig Stephens is interviewed by Ruby Staten, Kern Jackson, and Nate Carr about his connections to Blakeley Bluff and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Mr. Stephens discusses his family history, and his experiences growing up in Savannah, Tennessee, and Florence, Alabama. He reflects on Joseph Campbell’s discussions of myth, framed by his interest in world religions, and also reflects on the depth and richness, but also the issues and conflicts, he sees in the relationship between the culture and history of the US South—but also the ways the South is represented and misrepresented from the outside. Mr. Stephens discusses the richness and diversity of the ecology of the delta. And he also discusses his career as a float builder for Mardi Gras in Mobile.

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