How Solid a South?

In Florida's stucco State Capitol last week, the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the great American roughneck, looked down on a scene that would have delighted his old frontiersman's eyes. Assembled there was the Southeastern Governors' Conference. Ostensible subject: the South's perennial freight-rate problem. Actual subject: the political rebellion seething below the Mason Dixon line.

Most Southern Democratic leaders have liked the pork but not the principles of the New Deal. Now, with the political pendulum swinging away from those principles, and the pork scarce, they were prepared to speak their minds....

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