2. All's Hell on the Southern Front

THE SOUTHERN REVOLT

Because of the subversion of democracy in the South by the poll tax, white primary, anti-unionism, and race prejudice, the reactionary forces of the whole nation concentrated their efforts on the region in their all-out 1944 campaign to get rid of "That Man" in the White House and his supporters in Congress. The Southern slavocracy co-operated wholeheartedly in this conspiracy, for the Roosevelt Administration had threatened to uproot their spoils system by giving top priority to solutions for the problem of the South (the Tennessee Valley Authority and Farm Security Administration, to mention but two).

The 1944 campaign was a real showdown between the forces of progress and reaction in the South and nation. The archreactionaries revealed as never before their willingness to resort to fascism itself rather than permit peaceful progress in this country. The campaign they waged against Roosevelt was itself 99.44 per cent pure fascist. They tried desperately to turn race against race, religion against religion, farmers and servicemen against labor, region against region, and nation against nation. They sought to provoke pogroms, and they spoke in deadly earnest of stealing the election and assassinating President Roosevelt. And all this while America was locked in a life-and-death struggle against foreign fascism.

In the Southern revolt against Roosevelt, all the rottenness of the slavocracy festered into a boil, came to a head, and broke out in an ugly sore. While k was not a pretty sight, we must examine

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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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