Posts Tagged ‘the South’

Quote of the day, July 7

July 7, 2017

Louis D. Rubin Jr., on Southern literature

“Only in the Confederate South was the industrialization of America arrested, by the military and economic defeat of the War, and communities like Mark Twain’s Hannibal allowed to exist for another half-century. Not until the 20th century did the South feel importantly the effects of the industrialization that was changing the face of American life. Then it too produced distinguished writers whose art mirrored the transition of one kind of life to another.”


Quote of the day, Nov. 5

November 5, 2014

Henry W. Grady, speech on the New South (1886)

“The Old South rested everything on slavery and agriculture, unconscious that these could neither give nor maintain healthy growth. The New South presents a perfect democracy, the oligarchs leading in the popular movements social system compact and closely knitted, less splendid on the surface but stronger at the core—a hundred farms for every plantation, fifty homes for every palace, and a diversified industry that meets the complex needs of this complex age. (more…)