Ninety Degrees in the Shade by Clarence Cason

By Clarence Cason

Clarence Cason belonged to that stressed iteration of southern intellectuals who, among the area wars, wondered the South's obdurate traditionalism, at the same time they attempted to give an explanation for and protect its area of expertise. From his professorial perch on the college of Alabama, Cason wrote polished essays for best nationwide courses whereas contributing weekly editorials for newspaper readers. As a journalist in academia, he cultivated a vast viewers for his eloquent notwithstanding tentative observations in regards to the "character" of a zone that appeared to be a separate province of the nation.

In 1935, Cason accrued his techniques in a small booklet of essays titled 90° within the Shade. In it, he declared that weather and the comfort afforded via box and flow had given southerners very good purposes for his or her notoriously sluggish velocity of lifestyles. nonetheless, he wrote, "there is far paintings that should be performed lower than the Potomac." Cason captured the pathos of race family members and different continual difficulties and declared that the abominable perform of lynching may finish whilst the easiest humans of the South risked their own and advertisement status to denounce it. simply days earlier than the book's e-book, besides the fact that, Cason shot himself in his campus place of work. He left no clarification, yet it seems that he feared offended response from fellow electorate to his gentle criticisms and delicate feedback for change.

The college of Alabama Press introduced the booklet again into print in 1983. This re-creation of Cason's vintage positive factors an advent through journalist and UA professor H. Bailey Thomson, permitting yet one more iteration the joy of Cason's perceptive writing, now not rather a lot for any treatment he proposed yet really for the open-minded and loving method within which he addressed the region's tragic experience.

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Ninety Degrees in the Shade

Clarence Cason belonged to that stressed new release of southern intellectuals who, among the realm wars, wondered the South's obdurate traditionalism, while they attempted to provide an explanation for and safeguard its forte. From his professorial perch on the college of Alabama, Cason wrote polished essays for top nationwide guides whereas contributing weekly editorials for newspaper readers.

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As we halted in front of the "shoppe," it seemed judicious that we have a brace of hamburger sandwiches and two bottles of pop.  Our assurance that this omission troubled us not at all appeared to invite an understanding spirit between us as we sat there in the hot sun, with the glorious mountains in view. " Mayhap, however, he should be classed among the "unlimited natural resources,'' of which the Gastonia industrialists used to boast before the strikes and before the depression.  To all appearances, they were of all God's creatures the lost, the forlorn, the unshepherded.

Since warehouse receipts and ginning One's social status can be loosely measured in terms of the inverse ratio of the number of hours spent at the mercy of the July sun.  He may not be able to meet his note in the autumn, whereupon he falls neatly into the hands of the absentee landlord, for better or worse. Page 33 reports enable the landlords to check up easily on the tenant's honesty in reporting the amount of his cotton crop, landowners and bankers have often discouraged rotation and diversification by exacting prohibitively large shares of other crops which are difficult to check.

In fact, it might be argued (though not by me) that malaria in the South is almost as potent a factor in the regional solidarity as is the universally shared indignation against the Yankee.  The consciences of the southern Bourbons, however, have never held work to be a solemn duty, so far as they themselves have been concerned. " The activities of these gentry—even now, as well as in the 1920's and before that decade—are sufficient, it must be admitted, to threaten the validity of all that I have ever said with reference to southern languor.

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