"The paradox of the South is that while it is blessed by nature with immense wealth, its people as a whole are the poorest in the country...the South presents right now the nation's number one economic problem."
• Unsatisfactory education, housing and health are all factors which lessen individual earning power.
• The South leads the nation in illiteracy; in 1930 nearly nine out of every 100 Southerners of school or post-school age could not read or write.
• Because of low personal income, at least 2,500,000 Southern families cannot afford adequate housing.
• Slums are found in rural areas. One quarter of Southern city and town homes are without toilet facilities.
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