Jack Bass is professor of humanities and social sciences emeritus at the College of Charleston and author or co-author of nine books related to the American South, including The American South Comes of Age, co-authored with Walter DeVries.


With his campaign in turmoil, the former South Carolina governor might be itching to hit the Appalachian Trail again.

Mark Sanford’s affair looks relatively tame compared to earlier Palmetto State sex scandals, including Strom Thurmond’s secret family and his death-row lover. Thurmond’s biographer shares the juicy details.