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Lillian Smith Studies: LES Reading Group


Information on LES Reading Group

We decided to start an LES Reading Group to introduce people to Smith's work, specifically work that they may not have read from her. As such, the reading group consists of five pieces that Smith wrote spanning 1942-1959, covering issues of race, the Lost Cause, pedagogy, and more.These texts do not encompass everything that Smith wrote and thought about; however, they are important insights into her work and into the continued relevance of her voice in our current moment.

If you are interested in participating, please just send us an email with your name and email address. You can send it to

We will meet via Zoom every Wednesday at 1:00 est to discuss the readings. You will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information as the date approaches. 

We look forward to meeting and discussing Smith's work with you. 

Reading Order: 

“There Are Things to Do” South Today, Winter 1942-43 (August 19)
“Buying a New World With Confederate Bills” South Today, Winter 1942-43 (August 26)
“The White Christian and His Conscience” 1945 (September 2)
“The Right Way Is Not the Moderate Way” 1956 (September 9)
“Letter to Mr. Hartley” 1959 (September 16)