Louisiana State University Press
Within the text of the National Emergency Council’s 1938 Report on the Economic Conditions of the South, President Franklin Roosevelt wrote, “It is my conviction that the South presents right now the Nation’s No. 1 economic problem.” It is certainly powerful when a president broadly defines an entire region in a sentence. Probably for many Americans living outside the region Roosevelt’s simplistic generalization was conclusive. Many within the South resented that assessment as far too broad, offensively ignoring the region’s dynamic reality. Reassessing the 1930s South demonstrates the frailty of such a stark definition.
"Reassessing the 1930s South,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 20
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol20/iss4/19