Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press by Joseph B. Atkins

By Joseph B. Atkins

Protecting for the Bosses: exertions and the Southern Press probes the tricky courting among the click and arranged exertions within the South from the prior to the current day. Written by means of a veteran journalist and first-hand observer of the exertions circulation and its therapy within the region's newspapers and different media, the textual content makes a speciality of the trendy South that has developed on the grounds that global struggle II. In collecting fabrics for this e-book, Joseph B. Atkins crisscrossed the zone, interviewing employees, managers, exertions organizers, immigrants, activists, and reporters, and canvassing exertions files. utilizing person occasions to bare the huge photo, protecting for the Bosses is a private trip by way of a cloth employees son who grew up in North Carolina, labored on tobacco farms and in cloth vegetation as a tender guy, and went directly to conceal as a reporter some of the advancements defined during this ebook. Atkins information the autumn of the once-dominant cloth and the region's emergence because the "Sunbelt South." He explores the appearance of "Detroit South" with the coming of overseas automakers from Japan, Germany, and South Korea. and eventually he relates the consequences of the inflow of hundreds of thousands of staff from Mexico and somewhere else. protecting for the Bosses exhibits how, with few exceptions, the clicking has been a key companion within the strong alliance of commercial and political pursuits that retain the South the nation's least-unionized sector. Joseph B. Atkins is a largely released journalist, professor of journalism on the college of Mississippi, and editor of The venture: Journalism, Ethics, and the realm. Stanley Aronowitz is professor of sociology and cultural reviews on the Graduate heart of town college of recent York. he's the writer, such a lot lately, of Left flip: Forging a brand new Political destiny; the data manufacturing facility; and the way classification Works.

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L. Mencken’s charge that the South was a “Sahara of the Bozart” (Beaux Arts). Nowhere was this ferment stronger than among the so-called Fugitives, also known as the Agrarians, poets and writers like Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, and John Crowe Ransom, who were based at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and published their manifesto, I’ll Take My Stand, in 1930. They, too, protested the industrialized “New South,” but what they called for was a return to the region’s agrarian values and character.

Businessmen were typically self-made men from the middle class. ” On the political end of the spectrum were the “lawyer-politicians . . ”6 Labor in the Old New South 21 The champions of the New South—whether editors, industrialists, or the so-called Bourbon politicians—weren’t just motivated by love of the region, according to the historian Francis Butler Simpkins: “Behind their fine phrases was the desire for private gain. As their first move, Bourbon politicians furnished the prestige of great names; merchants and bankers supplied the money.

And why must we see results? Our work is to sow. ”2 This chapter provides a glimpse of the South during the time when the seeds of social justice were planted.

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