By Natalie J. Ring
For so much historians, the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries observed the hostilities of the Civil warfare and the dashed hopes of Reconstruction crumple to the nationalizing forces of cultural reunion, a procedure that's acknowledged to have downplayed sectional grievances and celebrated racial and business concord. truthfully, says Natalie J. Ring, this buoyant mythology competed with an both robust and far-reaching set of representations of the backward challenge South—one that formed and mirrored makes an attempt through northern philanthropists, southern liberals, and federal specialists to rehabilitate and reform the country’s benighted quarter. Ring rewrites the historical past of sectional reconciliation and demonstrates how this staff used the persuasive language of social technology and regionalism to reconcile the ambiguity of poverty and development by means of suggesting that the quarter was once relocating via an evolutionary interval of “readjustment” towards a extra excellent nation of civilization.
In addition, The challenge South contends that the transformation of the area right into a undertaking box and laboratory for social swap came about in a transnational second of reform. formidable efforts to enhance the industrial welfare of the southern farmer, eliminate such illnesses as malaria and hookworm, train the southern population, “uplift” bad whites, and resolve the brewing “race challenge” reflected the colonial difficulties vexing the architects of empire all over the world. It used to be no twist of fate, Ring argues, that the regulatory state's efforts to resolve the “southern challenge” and reformers’ expanding reliance on social clinical technique happened through the peak of U.S. imperial expansion.
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The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880–1930 (Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South Ser.) by Natalie J. Ring