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THE PARADOX THAT IS THE SOUTH

THERE IS A mountain where Tennessee and Georgia meet. If it is a clear day and your eyes are good, you can stand and see from a single spot seven States that formed the heart of the Southern Confederacy and that today are the South as the rest of our country knows it. It is a land fabulous and romantic, somewhat akin to the Forest of Arden or the Seacoast of Bohemia.

I was born in this South and its past colors my dreams, as it must color the dreams of all those who were born to see Spanish moss hanging from great water oaks, or tall pines shimmering in the light of a hot August sun, or to hear the nostalgic voices of the Negroes on the wharves of Savannah, Memphis and New Orleans.

Each man must survey our common country from the spot where he stands and look at it through his own eyes and not through the eyes of another. But all of our looking at it must be very like that of Francis Scott Key peering through the dim

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • 1 - THE PARADOX THAT IS THE SOUTH 11
  • 2 - EXPORTING ILLITERACY 29
  • 3 - DEMAGOGUES IN THE DARK 39
  • 4 - EXPERIMENT IN DEMOCRACY 51
  • 5 - LAND LAID WASTE 62
  • 6 - 13,000,000 AMERICANS 83
  • 7 - THE INGREDIENTS OF FASCISM 107
  • 8 - PROPHETS OF DOOM 123
  • 9 - A SIX-POINT PROGRAM 141
  • 10 - OUR COMMON COUNTRY 150
  • 11 - OUR COLONIAL REGIONS 165
  • 12 - THE MONOPOLIST'S NIGHTMARE 186
  • 13 - MAKING FREE ENTERPRISE WORK 208
  • 14 - THE ROLE OF THE STATES 225
  • 15 - A MODERN STATE CONSTITUTION 247
  • 16 - JOBS AND GOVERNMENT 259
  • 17 - PEACE AND PUBLIC OPINION 272
  • 18 - "OUR REALIZATION OF TOMORROW" 289
  • 19 - THE SHORE DIMLY SEEN 306
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