New York: Harper and Brothers, 1930. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, red top edge, uncut, original dust jacket. Scattered foxing, price-clipped dust jacket is toned, chipped, and torn but whole. Very good indeed. Scarce in the original dust jacket. Item #199
"NOBODY NOW PROPOSES FOR THE SOUTH, OR ANY OTHER COMMUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY, AN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL DESTINY" First edition of this agrarian manifesto, published at the dawn of the Great Depression. The Agrarians evolved from the inner circle of the Fugitive magazine, published at Vanderbilt University from 1922 to 1925. The Agrarians embraced a Jeffersonian vision of America, favoring the rural over the urban, the agricultural over the industrial, the regional over the national, and the individual over the collective. The contents are: Introduction: A Statement of Principles, Reconstructed but Unregenerate (John Crowe Ransom), A Mirror for Artists (Donald Davidson), The Irrepressible Conflict (Frank Lawrence Owsley), Education, Past and Present (John Gould Fletcher), A Critique of the Philosophy of Progress (Lyle H. Lanier), Remarks on the Southern Religion (Allen Tate), Whither Southern Economy? (Herman Clarence Nixon), The Hind Tit (Andrew Nelson Lytle), The Briar Patch (Robert Penn Warren), The Life and Death of Cousin Lucius (John Donald Wade), William Remington: A Study in Individualism (Henry Blue Kline), Not in Memoriam But in Defense (Stark Young). The Christian anarchist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement, Peter Maurin, was attracted to the Agrarians and added I'll Take My Stand to his list of "Books to Read" at the end of "Catholic Radicalism: Phrased Essays for the Green Revolution." (Catholic Worker Books, 1949). "This Book Is Dedicated/in Love and Admiration/To/Walter F. Fleming/Historian; Professor of History and Dean of the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University; to whom some of the contributors owe doctrine and example, and all would offer this expression of perfect esteem." Rare in this condition.