Books: Case Histories

STAR SPANGLED VIRGIN—DuBose Heyward—Farrar & Rineharf ($2).

Last week DuBose Heyward, who made his literary reputation by sympathetic studies of Negro life in his native South Carolina (Porgy, Mamba's Daughters), did his sympathetic best by the poverty-stricken Negroes of the Virgin Islands.

When the New Deal's relief policies first struck its tropical poorhouse, the results were a lot stranger than on the mainland. Star Spangled Virgin's catchpenny title covers a thinly disguised series of relief case histories.

A one-crop island, St. Croix was hard hit when the bottom fell out of the raw sugar...

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