Despite the attention devoted to the fiery early chapters of The Mind of the South, where Cash's language and audacity take us by surprise, the heart of the book lies in the New South. Cash wrote above all, I think, to explain why the white Southerners he knew--those in the cotton mill country of the Carolina Piedmont--behaved the way they did. The years after Reconstruction consume two-thirds of Cash's book because those are the years that troubled him, that posed the problems he felt most acutely.
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Ayers, Edward L. "W.J. Cash, the New South and the Rhetoric of History." In The Mind of the South: Fifty Years Later, edited by Charles W. Eagles, 113-130. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 1992.