New South

Snowden Wright

Author Snowden Wright is no stranger to a good Southern epic. His new novel, "American Pop," chronicles the fizzy and flat years of a cola empire and the family who built it. The novel pours out American cultural and economic history while wrestling with ideas of legacy and nostalgia.

Wright joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the novel's release on Feb. 5. He shared his experiences growing up in Mississippi and writing the novel inside of his family's old shotgun cottage.

Born in the small town of LaGrange in west Georgia, Fuller E. Callaway rose from relative obscurity to become an influential member of the New South. He built up a considerable fortune as a textile manufacturer, but his legacy in Georgia far supersedes his business accomplishments. Two historians, Buck and Carol Melton, delve into the life of the Georgia industrialist in their new book Fuller E. Callaway: Portrait of a New South Citizen.

We talk with both authors about how Callaway’s influence still endures in the Peach State.