Books: Demagogue's Decline

TOM WATSON: AGRARIAN REBEL—C. Vann Woodward—Macmillan ($3.75).

During the delirious boom years after Reconstruction, when Northern capital poured into the South, and Confederate generals became presidents of railroad and steel companies, two movements opposed to industrialism also got under way. One was the type represented by General Robert Toombs, tousle-haired, unreconstructed, uncompromising old Confederate who refused to take the oath of allegiance and who used to stalk around the lobby of Atlanta's Kimball House, deep in his cups, delivering his matchless tirades against the North. The other was the tvpe represented by the...

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