90s in the shade by Clarence Cason

By Clarence Cason

Illustrated by way of J. Edward Rice, with an creation by way of Wayne Flynt

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In numerous instances, former share­ croppers became mill hands.  I had been addressing a postal card Page 25 to a friend whom I wished to inform with all dispatch that we had just seen the new two­million­dollar chapel at Duke University, which seemed in some inexplicable way to be connected with the splendid highway which we were traversing and with the great mills which we were soon to reach.  What desolation from the impact of crossed human purposes might have been prevented!  As we halted in front of the "shoppe," it seemed judicious that we have a brace of hamburger sandwiches and two bottles of pop.

In fact, it might be argued (though not by me) that malaria in the South is almost as potent a factor in the regional solidarity as is the universally shared indignation against the Yankee.  The consciences of the southern Bourbons, however, have never held work to be a solemn duty, so far as they themselves have been concerned. " The activities of these gentry—even now, as well as in the 1920's and before that decade—are sufficient, it must be admitted, to threaten the validity of all that I have ever said with reference to southern languor.

A Slovakian digging pottery clay in Alabama.

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