Books: A Southerner's Plea

THE SOUTHERN HERITAGE (273 pp.)—James McBride Dabbs—Knopf ($4).

No one is apt to talk more sense to the South on the subject of race relations than the South's own moderates. One of them, South Carolina's James McBride Dabbs, a 62-year-old scholar, essayist and Presbyterian elder, makes a forthright appeal to reason in this first book. Amid echoes of the ominous thunderclap of the Faubus election victory in Arkansas, Author Dabbs speaks in a deceptively small voice, but arraigns himself no less harshly than his neighbors.

Every Southerner, he feels, must share the guilt of collective injustice done the Negro from the days of...

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