Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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sideration of the economic, agricultural, and industrial problems of the Southeast.My letter reads in part: "The economic, agricultural, and industrial conditions in our Southeastern states appear to have reached a stage where certain general problems are of sufficient common concern to make their consideration by the executives and business leaders of those states advantageous. In other words, there would seem to exist an area of certain fundamental problems which might well be approached from a sectional rather than a merely state-wide standpoint."Among the problems which I had in mind when I issued the call for a general Southeastern conference, the following are, in my opinion, of paramount and immediate concern.
1. The agricultural situation prevailing in the section with particular emphasis upon the condition produced by the large number of foreclosures of farm mortgages by land banks. It is my thought that concerted action should be immediately undertaken by the governors, representatives in Congress, and business leaders generally of the section affected to induce the Federal government at Washington to grant every possible relaxation in its policy of foreclosure.
2. The industrial situation prevailing in the section with particular emphasis upon:
a. Existing unemployment;
b. Some coöperative plan along the general lines already advocated by the Textile Institute for curtailing overproduction;
c. Development of a basis for concerted action upon general industrial and business problems of common concern.

The conference will work in close coöperation with the United States Department of Commerce and Dr. Julius Klein, assistant secretary, and every department

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