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His first step will be an acknowl­ edgment that he is also a Southerner as well as an Ameri­ can. One final example of a definition of national character to which the South proves an exception is an interesting one by Thornton Wilder. "Americans," says Mr. Wilder, "are abstract. They are disconnected. " This quality of abstraction he finds expressed in numerous ways -in the physical mobility of Americans, in their indiffer­ ence or, as he might suggest, their superiority to place, to locality, to environment.

It demolishes the old to make way for the new. It is not the amount of change that is impressive about the Bulldozer Revolution so much as the speed and con­ centration with which it has come and with which it con­ tinues. 3 per cent elsewhere. For every three city dwellers in the South at the beginning of that decade there were four at the end, and for every five farm residents there were only four. 2 millions. A considerable· proportion of these Southerners were moving directly from country to suburb, following the path of the bulldozer to "rurbanization" and skipping THE SEARCH FOR SOUTHERN IDENTITY 7 the phase of urbanization entirely.

With Dos Passos the story is some­ what different. But for all his marvelous gift for evoking a given place or a period of the recent past (a gift his­ torians can but envy), his characters are exclusively pre­ occupied with personal problems or with social problems of their own time. They are haunted by no ghosts of the past, and the past does not seem to be part of the present. If our collegian was coached through a reading of the literary flowering of New England that took place a cen­ tury or more ago, he will have discovered little more of the historical dimension than he found in the more recent schools.

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