From “Media-made Dixie,” by Jack Temple Kirby:

“In notable advertisements [in the 1920s] southern companies, trade associations, and governments vied with one another in portraying white laborers (children of the Populist masses) as degraded and docile. The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, for example, promised prospective industrialists that ‘In the South, the worker is your friend … efficient, willing, Anglo-Saxon.’ The Carolina Power and Light Company announced: ‘you can make it for less in the Central Carolinas,’ and the Duke Power Company celebrated ‘willing labor, unhampered by any artificial restrictions on output; native born of old pioneer stock and not imbued by un-American (read “union”) ideas or ideals.’ “


Some things Southern have changed over the last 100 years, but not the Chamber of Commerce’s advice. The Chamber is still telling people that if they work cheap, don’t join unions, and keep their mouths shut, prosperity is just around the corner. Yet the corner never gets turned. Little Rock is especially abused. Here, city officials give $200,000 of public money to the Chamber every year. Surely we can find somebody who’ll lie to us for less.