"We of the North have been too long deceived by the surface charm of the South, by the sincere friendliness and hospitality of the Southern people, which is a thin crust over the treacherous economic and social quicksand that engulfs the mass of the Southern population," newsman Leeds Moberly has written.
"The condition of too many people in the South is deplorable, degrading, destructive of the decencies which men expect from American civilization," replied the Raleigh ( N.C.) News and Observer. "But history shows and God knows that not all the blame for that condition is Southern... There are bad men in the South, blind men, ruthless men, greedy men. But the South has no monopoly on them."
It so happens that there is truth in both of the foregoing observations. The South is a quagmire which threatens to engulf the entire nation, but much of the responsibility for the South's sad condition lies outside the region. At the same time there is no denying that the South is hypersensitive to criticism which emanates from the outside, and professional Defenders-of-the- South never fail to take advantage of every opportunity to aggravate this unfortunate psychopathic condition. The South's paranoia dates from its "whupping" in the Civil War and has not improved much since.
Typically symptomatic of this was the reaction which followed the remark by Frances Perkins (while she was Secretary of Labor) that "A social revolution would take place if shoes were put on the people of the South."