- By Twelve Southerners

I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (Anniversary)

  • Title: I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (Anniversary)
  • Author: Twelve Southerners
  • ISBN: 9780807132081
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • I ll Take My Stand The South and the Agrarian Tradition Anniversary First published in the essays in this manifesto constitute one of the outstanding cultural documents in the history of the South In it twelve southerners Donald Davidson John Gould Fletcher H

    First published in 1930, the essays in this manifesto constitute one of the outstanding cultural documents in the history of the South In it, twelve southerners Donald Davidson, John Gould Fletcher, Henry Blue Kline, Lyle H Lanier, Stark Young, Allen Tate, Andrew Nelson Lytle, Herman Clarence Nixon, Frank Lawrence Owsley, John Crowe Ransom, John Donald Wade, and Robert PFirst published in 1930, the essays in this manifesto constitute one of the outstanding cultural documents in the history of the South In it, twelve southerners Donald Davidson, John Gould Fletcher, Henry Blue Kline, Lyle H Lanier, Stark Young, Allen Tate, Andrew Nelson Lytle, Herman Clarence Nixon, Frank Lawrence Owsley, John Crowe Ransom, John Donald Wade, and Robert Penn Warren defended individualism against the trend of baseless conformity in an increasingly mechanized and dehumanized society.In her new introduction, Susan V Donaldson shows that the Southern Agrarians might have ultimately failed in their efforts to revive the South they saw as traditional, stable, and unified, but they nonetheless sparked debates and quarrels about history, literature, race, gender, and regional identity that are still being waged today over Confederate flags, monuments, slavery, and public memory.

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    1. If you want to understand the difference between the South and the North, this is the book to read. I particularly recommend Allen Tate's essay, "Remarks on the Southern Religion." There are lots of outdated, misogynistic, racist, and otherwise reprehensible opinions expressed in the various essays, but there is also an immense beauty to the writing and to the agrarians love for their region. It is both a proud plea for a dying culture and an elegy, a testament to what has been lost.

    2. Who isn’t disillusioned with the idea of “Progress” in the 21st century? It’s obvious—the use of the planets resources for the endless manufacturing of useless material stuff, the consumerist mentality, the mounting environmental disasters—business as usual will be sending humanity, collectively, headlong into the brick wall of self-annihilation. Today, this is abundantly clear to those of us capable of seeing the macrocosmic perspectiveWe can look at the violent effects of rampant i [...]

    3. "I'll Take My Stand" consists of several fascinating, if also repetitious, essays defending the agrarian culture of the South against the nature and imposition of Northern industrialism. The rural romantic in me is attracted to some of the arguments here, particularly the critiques of industrial societies. Some passages are nearly prophetic. Take this passage from Henry Blue Kline: "Motor-cars, talking pictures, the radio, labor-saving devices, possessed amazingly great potentialities for the ex [...]

    4. Ok. Wow. I was sosososo hoping to like this book. I knew I'd like the topic (Agrarian South), but would I enjoy a bunch of 30-paged essays written by authors I'd never heard of before (give or take a few). I tried to like it. And it wasn't even the fact that they were essays that made me not like this book; that part I totally enjoyed. It was the writing. It was sometimes hard (and that's coming from someone who thinks Doestoevsky is easy), sometimes cumbersome, and sometimes boring. A lot of th [...]

    5. Though philosophically interesting at parts, these essays all seem very strange today. I write this as a Southerner in the early 21st cent of course, though I think I understand a little about my sectional past. That the South had a particular advance over the urban North when it comes to education the Humanities is hard to grant. I'm sure there were plenty of aristocratic planters who could serve as evidence, and certainly Virginia had the best statesmen, but it still seems true that the center [...]

    6. I learned about this book from reading George Nash's The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. I'll Take My Stand is actually a collection of essays written by various Southern belletrists. From the perspective of one who wants to understand conservatism, I'll Take My Stand illuminates a strand of American conservatism that often goes unnoticed. Although conservatism is typically thought of as being laissez-faire and pro-corporation, I'll Take My Stand reveals an anti-corpora [...]

    7. Though I would not give all twelve essays in the book five stars, each essay made its own contribution to the overall tone of the book, and some were so outstanding that I cannot fault it. The current rise in popularity of the New Agrarians vindicates the cause for which these essayists pled. Agrarianism is opposed to everything we hate about Industrialism--the destruction of community, the breakup of family, exploitation of nature as well as people, meaningless consumerism, and so forth. It is [...]

    8. "There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called The Old SouthHere in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bowHere was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their ladies fair, of Master and of Slave.Look for it only in books for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind."For most the Roaring Twenties were a celebration of the triumph of progress. The Great War in Europe was over, and its conclusion saw many of the old empires and forces of conservatis [...]

    9. The promotion of industrialization overturned the lives of all southerners, negatively and positively. Nothing remained unaffected in the South after the Civil War. In a way, the emergence of the industrial movement from the North forced all Southerners, all races and ethnicity together against this progressive northern movement. Twelve authors banned together to express their views of the forthcoming industrial change with fervor by writing well-defined, detailed arguments against modern expans [...]

    10. As good as it gets.Well, almost. The challenge in this book is quite telling in its analysis of the symptoms, but less so in treating of foundations. The Twelve Southerners failed in thinking the South could maintain a pre-modern tradition without a living connection to the traditions of Christendom that formed its foundation. And, as these traditions were being removed the world over, the Agrarians, following the evidence, might have reached the conclusion that this stage of the Church was comi [...]

    11. If nothing else, this collection of essays memorializes the loss of a way of life, one that has now been lost so completely that some definitive boundary, a point of no return, must have been passed not long after it was written. The South as it exists today has as much to do with the South they knew and loved as the chav humming the bassline to the latest hiphop ballad has to do with the peasant ploughman singing folk chanties overheard by Wordsworth or Ralph Vaughan Williams. A South where Ver [...]

    12. Can't agree more with the lost cause of the Southern Agrarians. The faded Jeffersonian splendor that vanished with the industrial blight of corporate Yankee robber baron capitalism is here given the fair treatment by the leading lights of the Southern intellectual remnant. Years later who can doubt that the prophecy of agrarians rings true now more than ever. Not many realize in the noise of god-less euphoria created by mass-consumption that the America of antebellum history is the recognized he [...]

    13. A defense of Agrarianism and what was valuable in the Old South masterfully rendered by a collection of authors from various backgrounds, I'll Take My Stand posits some of the most pressing issues confronting modern man, and illustrates how those issues might be confronted by a reevaluation of progress and a re-enforcement of tradition. Of greatest interest is the number of issues brought up by the authors that still vex us to this day; work and leisure balance, the collapse of American industry [...]

    14. Written by the Twelve "Fugitives" from Vanderbilt, this books is a timeless look at the benefits of the Southern agrarian life over and against the crass industrialism of the North.When it was written, it appeared inevitable to the authors that industrialization was coming to their beloved South; they wrote these essays to warn against uncritical acceptance of that fate. Now, some 3/4 of a century later, their prophecy has proven correct but their warnings went by and large unheeded. Except for [...]

    15. A good book in light of issues facing the nation today, and a good way of learning what Southerners were worried about in the 1920's. Some of the essays are pretty dense, and you can sense that while they want to retain the simpler mode of life, they knew it was fast slipping away. It left me with a distinct nostalgia because the South has changed significantly just since I was a kid. We've lost most of our distinctiveness.

    16. Extremely interesting views of the mythical South. Sometimes I felt like Stephen Colbert was writing the text and other times I felt like it was quoting The Matrix (kill the machines!). It also reminded me of The Omnivore's Dilemma with its ideas of abusing the land and getting back to simpler, non-industrial times. They were very passionate about this beautiful ideal, but they never seemed to be able to provide the concrete facts to back it up.

    17. an excellent book, and still relevant after 75 years. the authers speak about "progress", industrialization, and the relationship between human society and nature, particularly as it relates to the artists. there are some racial issues which much be taken into account, but still an excellent manifesto

    18. This is a collection of incredibly well written essays whose subjects are contrary to modern social ideas, but telling of the time and culture in which they were written. They are definitely a way to get to know the post-reconstruction, yet not fully changed, South.

    19. The agrarian lifestyle of Jefferson and the South was in contradiction to the North's money grubbing fast-moving industrial lifestyle. These authors saw the writing on the wall. We still are suffering the demise of living on and working the land.

    20. A good read. It is interesting to see how opinions have, or haven't, changed in the past several decades.

    21. If you grew up in the deep, dreamy south, this glorious collection of essays--once considered an important cultural statement--is bucolic nostalgia nonpareil.

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