Time Essay: Other Voices

WALKER PERCY, 60, poet and novelist: I can see the South easily becoming simply a part of the Sunbelt—maybe the heart of a Southern belt running all the way from Virginia around to Los Angeles. I can see it just emerging into another Texas, with wheeler-dealer politics, Lyndon Johnson and John Connally, with Billy James Hargis and Billy Graham.

But there is another possibility. Given the thesis that Southerners possess a certain talent for law, for government and politics —you remember the early Virginians—then maybe those talents will now be free to manifest themselves....

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