THE NEW ORDER OF SLAVOCRACY

The South did not get to be the nation's economic problem No. 1 as a result of any deficiency in human or natural resources. It has the stuff--material and human--from which prosperity is made. The South has produced abundantly, but the bulk of its produce has been siphoned off by a few, leaving little or nothing for the many who produced it. Hence the problem of the South.

Prior to the Civil War, the despoilers of the South were the small class of slave-driving large planters. Since the Civil War, the parasites who have enriched themselves beyond measure through the impoverishment of the South's people are predominantly corporate interests, the main body of them being situated outside the South, with tentacles sucking at the region through Southern "representatives." Then, too, the South is not without its indigenous exploiters.

And so the story of the South, like the story of most other regions, is the old, old story, not yet ended, of the people's struggle for the right to enjoy the riches of their land and the fruits of their labor.

In common with the rest of America, the South was largely settled by folk who came to the brave New World in search of freedom. But while most of them found religious and political freedom in appreciable measure, their economic opportunities have been relentlessly circumscribed by a transplanted system of exploitation quite as oppressive as the counterpart left behind in the Old 'World.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iv
  • Contents xi
  • 1. the Problem of the South 1
  • The Squalid South 1
  • The New Order of Slavocracy 19
  • The Perversion of Populism 37
  • Freedom Road--Closed 48
  • Last Hired, First Fired 63
  • Book Larnin', in Black and White 68
  • White Man's Country 78
  • The 7.7 Democracy of the South 92
  • 2. All's Hell on the Southern Front 127
  • The Southern Revolt 127
  • The Visible Empire 162
  • Kingfish and Small Fry 187
  • 3. the Road Ahead 264
  • Whose Good Earth? 275
  • Tva Leads the Way 282
  • The South Joins the Unions 288
  • Brotherhood--Union Made 302
  • Fair Employment Forever! 315
  • The Race Racket 326
  • Total Equality, and How to Get It 341
  • To Make the South Safe for Democracy 356
  • Index 365
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