The Mind of the South

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Vintage Books, 1960 - Southern States - 440 pages
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This is a great study of the Southern Mindset from the end of the Civil War (War Between the States) until 1940. After the "South" kicked out the Yankees and scalawags, how did they bring about ... Read full review

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This book is basically a polemic; Cash's attempt to explain why it was so hard to unionize the textile mills of the South.
His basic difficulty is in trying to explain resistance among the rank and
file of the textile workers; to do this he attributes an unreasoning, self-destructive loyalty to the leadership of the Southern generals, those who first sponsored and financed the new textile mills, and to the Churches and Ministers who also financed the mills.
My personal view, should anyone be interested, from having grown up in Georgia in the 1940's and 1950's, is that the general conservatism of the Southern populace stems from a lack of desire to trade a known situation for an unknown one, regardless of the rhetoric of Northern progressives.
Over the years, Southern conservatism has been justified, as attested by the rustbelts of the North, and the flight of American business to other, un-unionized countries.


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