THE ECONOMY: Plan for the South

Southerners have usually blamed a lot of their economic troubles on a handful of Northern villains. Among them: absentee owners of Southern industry, tariffs which raised the price of products bought by the South, higher freight rates, and even the lingering effects of the Civil War.

But last week, in a hard-hitting, 55,000-word analysis of the South by the National Planning Association Committee of the South, the Northern villains were brushed away as myths. N.P.A., which has Southern businessmen, farmers and educators among its members, pinned the blame for the South's plight squarely on its low level of production and...

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