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In Search of the South (1988)

Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-05-13

Duration: 00:27:23

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | History | SOUTHERN STATES | Slavery | Civil War | Spirituals (Songs) | Literature | The Southern Review | Percy, Walker, 1916-1990 | Music | African American churches


  • Campanella, Joseph Narrator
  • Densmore, Janet Producer
  • Denton, Randy Photographer
  • Cooper, William Interviewee
  • Foster, Gaines Interviewee
  • Zion Travelers Spiritual Singers Performer
  • Littlefield, Dan Interviewee
  • Olney, James Interviewee
  • Hobson, Fred Interviewee
  • Simpson, Lewis Interviewee
  • Vincent, Charles Interviewee
  • Percy, Walker Speaker
  • Powell, Bobby Interviewee
  • Pitts, Walter Interviewee
  • Jackson, Joyce Interviewee


This episode of the series “Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow” from May 6, 1988, explores Louisiana’s cultural history and what it means to be Southern. It looks at slavery and the events that led to the Civil War, the themes in Southern literature, and the music of African American churches. It includes interviews with: Dr. William Cooper, Dr. Gaines Foster, and Dr. Dan Littlefield of the LSU Department of History; James Olney, Fred Hobson, and Dr. Lewis Simpson of the Southern Review; Dr. Charles Vincent, a historian at Southern University; Bobby Powell, the musical director at Gloryland Baptist Church; and Dr. Walter Pitts and Dr. Joyce Jackson of the LSU Department of Anthropology. This episode also features a performance by the Zion Travelers Spiritual Singers, a reading by author Walker Percy, and footage from a church service at Gloryland Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. Narrator: Joseph Campanella