Inferior Work

September 1924
Journal of Social Forces;Sep1924, Vol. 2 Issue 5, p734
Academic Journal
The article presents a criticism that people rank none too high in the outward and visible expression of their multiple modes of life. That is, they do not do enough in material representations to give high rank in the judgment of the nation, or even of themselves. If it were only a matter of low ranking in wealth, in roads and railroads and factories and farming and merchandise, people might very well take pride in the finer things of the spirit for which Southerners have such an excellent background. Young men and women are counted able if they shall have finished a college course, exceptional if they proceed to years of graduate work. People expect too much to be done in too short time and with too easy methods, or so the evidence seems to indicate. And in their recent economic adversity they do not seem to have shown the spirit of the old South, but rather, in many instances, inclined to quit. There have been few more discouraging symptoms than this tendency in some parts of the South to face adversity with bitterness and cowardice.


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