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Discovering the South: One Man's Travels through a Changing America in the 1930s

Jennifer Ritterhouse

Abstract

During the Great Depression, the American South was not merely "the nation's number one economic problem," as President Franklin Roosevelt declared. It was also a battlefield on which forces for and against social change were starting to form. For a white southern liberal like Jonathan Daniels, editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, it was a fascinating moment to explore. Attuned to culture as well as politics, Daniels knew the true South lay somewhere between Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road and Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. On May 5, 1937, he set out to find it, driving thousands ... More

Keywords: Jonathan Worth Daniels, Great Depression, New Deal, South, Southern States, Travel, Newspaper editors, Long Civil Rights Movement, Liberals, African Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469630946
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630946.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Ritterhouse, author
George Mason University