Posted by Lilly from ? (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 2:42PM :
In Reply to: Re: wrong again, pancho. posted by panch from pool0985.cvx24-bradley.dialup.earthlink.net (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 12:50PM :
This gives you one more example of how the South was manipulated by industry once the economy down here was shot... & why so many Southerners are Republican.
from: The South at War
A Tour Through the Heart of the US Military-Industrial Complex
by Chris Kromm
published in CounterPunch on June 20, 2002
In 1938, President Roosevelt commissioned an investigation into conditions in the U.S. South - and he didn't like what he saw. "The low income belt of the South," the study somberly concluded, "is a belt of sickness, misery, and unnecessary death."
Yet only six years later, the U.S. War Production Board made its own appraisal, and saw a completely different region: "The South has rubbed Aladdin's lamp," they said, poised to enter "the vanguard of world industrial progress."
Connecting these warring views of the South's fortunes, of course, was World War II - the moment where the U.S. South made the devil's bargain of getting a quick economic fix, in exchange for becoming the heart of the nation's military-industrial complex....
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