The Lasting South: Fourteen Southerners Look at Their Home

The Lasting South: Fourteen Southerners Look at Their Home

The Lasting South: Fourteen Southerners Look at Their Home

The Lasting South: Fourteen Southerners Look at Their Home

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This is a book about the South: the South that changes, and the South that abides. But particularly it concerns the abiding South, the essential Southernness which permits a region of eleven or twelve States to retain an identity of its own.

This is a book with a thesis: the South's identity is worth preserving. The fourteen writers who contribute their thoughts on the matter share one underlying assumption about the South, and that is, that in an increasingly modern and cosmopolitan world, there is more than ever the need for the persistent individuality of the South, and the need for Southerners to think long before bartering that individuality for the dubious advantages of conformity.

The essayists who contribute to this symposium do not agree about all the ways by which the South should act to retain its individuality. They do not even agree about all the constituent parts of that individuality. With some regret, perhaps, they do not offer to the South a specific platform and bill of particulars such as was so memorably presented nearly three decades ago in that brilliant book entitled I'll Take My Stand. Yet it is doubtful whether such a work as that could be written today even if most of the contributors could commune together in a common place of meditation such as Nashville provided the Agrarians. Such are the inroads of thirty years on the South, that . . .

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