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Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “For Job Creation, Local is Better”

In his 1993 book The Selling of the South, historian James C. Cobb writes about Southern states’ Depression-era invention of using tax breaks, free land, and cheap labor to woo businesses to locate new industrial facilities in our region to remedy the desperate unemployment of the period. The innovator responsible for putting this strategy in motion in the mid-1930s was Mississippi’s governor Hugh White, and at the time, his state desperately needed any help it could get. The Mississippi Historical Society’s History Now website explains: By any measure, Mississippi entered the Great… Read more Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “For Job Creation, Local is Better”