American Crisis, Southern Solutions: From where We Stand, Peril and Promise

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Anthony P. Dunbar
NewSouth Books, 2008 - Political Science - 280 pages
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Editor Anthony Dunbar and more than a dozen Southern writers, historians, business and labor-watchers, and philosophers reexamine some of the issues raised in the 2004 collection Where We Stand, Voices of Southern Dissent.

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Following his 2004 title, Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent, author and New Orleans resident Dunbar (Tubby Meets Katrina) presents a new collection of essays from southern thinkers, each ... Read full review

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Hope from Southern Voices
To Rescue Our Heritage
Education and Economic Justice
Politics and Religion
Towards Home
The Tupelo Solution
Can a Third World Town Be Saved?
Hospitality or Exile?
Reducing Environmental Burdens
Dixie Reaches the Boiling Point
Ballot Security
Lessons from the Bayou
Our Appointment with Destiny

Labors Failure in the South
On Human Rights Immigration

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Page 30 - I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
Page 30 - Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.
Page 40 - The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man, than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government.
Page 41 - Once lead this people into war," he said, "and they'll forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance. To fight you must be brutal and ruthless, and the spirit of ruthless brutality will enter into the very fibre of our national life, infecting Congress, the courts, the policeman on the beat, the man in the street.
Page 32 - What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.
Page 5 - Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations...
Page 32 - It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers...
Page 45 - We have already given, in example one effectual check to the Dog of war, by transferring the power of letting him loose from the executive to the Legislative body, from those who are to spend to those who are to pay.

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