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development; others take up changes in agriculture, industry,
finance, etc.; chapters XIII and XIV present the special problems
of cotton and tobacco; the remainder are devoted to analyzing
policies toward agriculture, industry, labor, forests, wages, and
international trade.
A study of the economics of the South has long been needed,
and the volume by Professors Hoover and Ratchford goes a long
way toward fulfilling that need. Their discussion, for example,
of the techniques and effects of the government control policies
for cotton and tobacco is the most complete that this reviewer
has seen. Furthermore, the factual information concerning the
economics of the South has been made available in a complete
and concise volume. The policies for aiding southern economy
are analyzed and evaluated in an objective and scholarly manner.
They indicate that the efforts of many southern states to entice
industries to establish within their boundaries through such sub-
sidies as tax exemption and gifts of land and buildings have not
been entirely beneficial. Such policies can scarcely be justified on
the basis of results. Likewise, the desire to industrialize the South
may not be desirable. A balance between agriculture and indus-
try gives promise of a fuller life for the South.
To put the above statements more concisely, the authors have
produced a useful volume of information on the economics of
the South and one that will serve as a guide and source of
comparative data for other regional studies.
Louisiana Polytechnic Institute
Theodore Weld: Crusader for Freedom. By Benjamin P. Thomas.
New Brunswick (Rutgers University Press), 1950. Pp. xii+
307. Notes, bibliography. $4.25.
This volume is another chapter in the comparatively recent
revision of the story of the leadership of the American anti-slavery
forces. Mr. Thomas, well known for his work with the Abraham
Lincoln Association, belongs to that school of historians who
believe that others, particularly Theodore Weld, contributed
much more to the campaign against slavery than did William
Lloyd Garrison. The author has examined the important source


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