Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar SouthWhite Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039034

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039034.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 28 September 2021

The Wages of the “Problem South”

The Wages of the “Problem South”

Chapter:
(p.11) Chapter 1 The Wages of the “Problem South”
Source:
Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South
Author(s):

Elizabeth Fones-Wolf

Ken Fones-Wolf

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039034.003.0002

This chapter explores the social and economic conditions that earned the South its label, “the problem South.” By 1938, the administration of Franklin Roosevelt had identified the “colonial economy” of the South as the nation's number one economic problem. In The Report on Economic Conditions of the South, key southern liberals, under the auspices of the administration's National Emergency Council, identified the paradox of the South—a region “blessed by Nature with immense wealth” whose “people as a whole are the poorest in the country.” The report described the poverty of the region and highlighted the need to embark on a program of economic development to bring the South's economy into convergence with the nation's, but changes were already in the works. Between the issuing of the report and the end of World War II, the South made great strides forward, positioning the region for economic growth at a rate that would surpass that of the nation.

Keywords:   problem South, Franklin Roosevelt, colonial economy, economic problem, National Emergency Council, economic development

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.