Southern Tradition and Regional Progress

Southern Tradition and Regional Progress

Southern Tradition and Regional Progress

Southern Tradition and Regional Progress

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When I was elected President of the Southern Economic Association late in 1958, I faced with considerable trepidation the necessity of choosing an appropriate and timely theme for my presidential address, which was scheduled for presentation at Jacksonville in November, 1959. With my personal background and professional interests, however, the problem proved to be much easier than I had anticipated. Having become increasingly aware of the conflict between important Southern traditions and Southern economic progress, I found that the subject of the present book naturally suggested itself. As I explored the matter more deeply, it became clear that neither the tolerance of my fellow Association members as a captive audience nor the generosity of the Association's managing editor in reserving scarce journal space was sufficient to permit me to encompass all I needed to say if I was to execute my self-appointed assignment satisfactorily. Hence, what began with the objective of being contained within an hour's lecture grew by leaps and bounds into the present book.

Needless to say, a book such as this does not spring full-blown out of a void. I have come by my interest in the present subject . . .

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