Henry W

Henry W. Grady, a newspaper editor in Atlanta, Georgia, coined the phrase the “New South” in 1874. He urged the South to abandon its longstanding agrarian economy for a modern economy grounded in factories, mines, and mills. But Grady’s vision was not to be. By 1900, per-capita income in the South was forty percent less than the national average, and rural poverty persisted across much of the South well into the twentieth century.Proponents of the New South envisioned a post-Reconstruction southern economy modeled on the North’s embrace of the Industrial Revolution. Henry W. Grady, a journalist from Atlanta Georgia developed the term ” The New South”