The South To-day

The South To-day

by John Monroe Moore
     
 

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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ISBN-13:
2940025511144
Publisher:
Missionary education movement of the United States and Canada
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
398 KB

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CHAPTER VI SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ENDEAVOR I. Industrial Economic Trend. As indicated in the preceding chapters the trend of life in the South to-day is toward the economic ideal. The spirit of American industrialism and capitalism is getting a very strong hold on the South and especially upon the Southern city. Wealth is becoming more and more a determining factor in fixing a man's place in society, and the economic argument is all but irresistible and unanswerable, whatever may be the social, moral, or political interests involved. In fact, economic interests have become the political interests and statesmen are those in political position who can secure the largest economic advantages to their constituency. In the cities to-day the interested political parties are seeking some selfish financial advantage. Many men in their voting consider only the effect on their business. Great moral issues are usually very annoying to such persons. In recent years many business men in the South have been in almost constant distress because of the agitation over the prohibition of the liquor traffic or the prevention of race-trackgambling. Commercialism and economic interest hold men from great democratic movements that seek to promote the welfare and development of all the people. Great men and virile leaders breathe poorly in such an atmosphere. They feel a contempt for "pork barrel" statesmanship and dollar diplomacy. There is little wonder that men of such temperament and capability are agitating the creation of a tariff commission and a budget system of government expense. Legislatures in all the states have been noted for the lobbying of interests attending them. The economic idealstamps all social and political relations with the dollar mark. It creates classes capitalists...

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