Welcome to the Southern Oratory website.

This website is maintained by Dr. W. Stuart Towns and is dedicated to the subject of Oratory in the Southern United States.  For more information, please see Dr. Towns’ Biography, or the list of the books he has published, or upcoming dates in his book tour, or his Ph.D. Dissertation on the topic.

Latest News!

Dr. W. Stuart Towns spoke to the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia on March 11, 2014, at the Fort McNair Officers’ Club in Washington D.C. on the topic: “Enduring Legacy: Rhetoric and Ritual of the Lost Cause.”

The audio of this talk is available to listen to on Soundcloud.

Bill Leach, president of the White County Historical Society, presented a copy of a historical society cookbook to Helen Ruth Towns, wife of Dr. W. Stuart Towns, who spoke Monday night at Harding Place about his new book, “Arkansas Civil War Heritage.” Towns presented an autographed copy of his book to Leach.

WC Historical Society


Dr. Towns spoke at the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Ripley, MS on January 2, 2014. Here is the YouTube video of his presentation: