A Builder of the New South: Being the Story of the Life Work of Daniel Augustus Tompkins

A Builder of the New South: Being the Story of the Life Work of Daniel Augustus Tompkins

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A Builder of the New South: Being the Story of the Life Work of Daniel Augustus Tompkins

A Builder of the New South: Being the Story of the Life Work of Daniel Augustus Tompkins

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The rebuilding of the Southern States after the Civil War was an achievement of no less magnitude than the War itself. The overthrow of the South was accomplished in four years; its rebuilding was the work of half a century. Stripped of men and wealth, its industrial system shattered, its very civilization threatened with radical reconstruction, the South lay stricken and prostrate, while the victorious North was growing and waxing strong. A new generation was born and grown to middle age before the wealth of the South was equal to what it had been at the beginning of the Civil War.

But a new South was born at last, begotten of industrial forces. This achievement, which had been attempted in vain by educational and religious missionaries, by authors, editors, statesmen, and orators, was wrought at last by silent workers in field, forest, mill, and mine. They built a new South, not with sword and gun, nor with voice and pen, but with steam and electricity with skilled labor and machinery, with new roads and a new agriculture, with thrift and economy, with community spirit and coöperation, with democratic government and democratic ideals. Their achievement was characterized by largeness of vision, by mastery over men, and by capacity for work. Their toil and their endurance in peace were no less heroic than the courage and fortitude of Southern soldiers on fields. of battle.

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