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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Spicer, Douglas Edgar
Author's Email Address dspicer@AestusSoftware.com
URN etd-07202006-011014
Title Southern Agrarianism in the 21st Century: A Fresh Critique of Modernity
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William James Booth Committee Chair
Marc Joseph Hetherington Committee Member
  • agrarianism
  • agrarian
  • political philosophy
  • political theory
Date of Defense 2006-07-15
Availability unrestricted
In 1930, twelve members of the academic community at Vanderbilt University published a book entitled, I’ll Take My Stand. The Vanderbilt Agrarians, as they came to be known, offered an intellectual foundation for understanding the complexities of an industrial society. Not only did they examine the limits imposed upon liberty and freedom by unchecked industrialism, but they also described a just social and political system characterized by harmony and balance. The strength of agrarianism is in its appeal to First Things: to political simplicity, to social harmony, to the natural cycles of the market, and to the proper end results toward which just political and social systems should aspire. By proper end results it is meant no less than the traditions of political liberty, equality before the law, and respect for individual rights put forth by John Locke and Adam Smith which were the founding principles (along with Christianity and the Greek city-states) of Western Civilization.
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