White picket fences
Comic books that were actually intended to be funny
When boys could play football in the street without fear or helmets
When a boy could explore the woods alone with a rifle (probably an old .22)
Old Fashioned service stations with 35 cent per gallon gas and air pumps that were free and actually worked
The Southern Methodist Church
I don’t miss it but it was certainly a better time when all young men went into the service instead of just poor men (and women).
A country too honourable to put women in harm’s way
Smokehouses and tobacco curing barns
Huge pots of Brunswick stew cooked and served outdoors
Old-time windup Southern orators in white suits. (My favourite was Senator Clyde R. Hoey of North Carolina.)
When abortions were done rarely and quietly and only for rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
When county courthouses and state buildings were not armed fortresses excluding citizens
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews