National Affairs: Problem No. 1

With one of those gestures which he loves and executes so well, Franklin Roosevelt last week assembled 23 Southerners in Washington and sent them a message which made Page 1 news throughout the South.

"It is my conviction," he said, "that the South presents right now the nation's No. 1 economic problem—the nation's problem, not merely the South's."

He said he had had various of his administrative agencies draw up a statement of the South's economic handicap and shortcomings. He wanted the 23 Southern gentlemen to examine and discuss this, restate it if...

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