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Page 2 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 15 no. 4 January 1940

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Page 2 MouNOnw Drt. AND WORK Winter, 1940 Side Glances at the Conference on Tomorrow's Children WILLIAM E. COLE The first South-wide Conference on Tomorrow's Children was held in Atlanta, November 9-11, 1939, under the auspices of a steering committee, a sponsoring group of some one hundred-fifty persons, and one organization, the American Birth Control Federation. The Conference chose its theme from Professor Ellsworth Huntington's book, the title of which is "Tomorrow's Children." It is the purpose of this article to record some of the high-lights of the Conference, which, by the way, will be repeated again next fall.- " Barry Bingham, President-publisher of the Louisville Courier Journal, opened the Conference with an address on "The South's Tomorrow." Mr. Bingham related that he liked the emphasis of the Conference on tomorrow, "on the things to come rather than the things that are already past and gone." He believes that "it is high time the South ceased to think in terms of the charming and cultured life that a few of our forefathers lived on the fabled plantations of antebellum days. The South needs to think of the life our children and our grandchildren are going to lead in the South of tomorrow." Mr. Bingham sees in the South of Tomorrow "a South that still has great natural advantages, a region capable of supporting the highest type of c1 ilization-a region where industrial develop vi 1 1 inent is moving mire rapidly in recent years than in any other section of the country-big cities and pleasant towns linked by good roads, millions of people working, many people striving not only for their own good but for the good of their region and their country." After tracing the development of the South in various fields of endeavor, Mr. Bingham pointed out the directions in which he thinks "we have got to bend our efforts if the South of Tomorrow is going to be worthy of the great traditions we all treasure." First of all, the South's chip-on-theshoulder attitude relative to criticism is, he be Proceedings of this conference are being published and may be obtained at a cost not to exceed $1.00 a copy from the writer, who is Executive-Chairman of the Conference. lieves, an indication that this region is suffering from an inferiority complex which it must overcome. Mr. Bingham then outlined a program of soil conservation and crop diversification which must be developed if the South is not to lose its great natural underpinning. In the field of education, he pointed out the need for federal aid to education in the South, the geed for developing more practical forms of education, and the need for training youth in reference to their social responsibility to the South. The Southern people, stated Mr. Bingham, "have a certain toughness that makes them a good bet in the long run. They fight their best when they are battling against odds. What I hope to see them do is to turn their entire great powers to fighting the battles of the future instead of taking their time to talk about the battles of the past. The South does not want to be a separate nation or a colonial possession of the North and East. It wants to be a part of these United States and contribute its share to the fight we have all got to make to prove that democracy can continue in this modern world." George H. Cute, President of the Tennessee Conference of Social Work and former Commissioner of Welfare in Tennessee, spoke on "The Obligation of the South to Tomorrow's Children." Mr. Cute took as his theme the statement by Grace Abbott that "the State wants for all children what the wisest and best parent wants for his own ch ild." The right of being well born, the right to the affection and care of a home, the right to play, education and health, and to the "full realization of all his potentialities of body, mind and personality" are among the "must" elements which the state should recognize in the discharge of its obligation to tomorrow's children. Using as the title of his address "The Next Generation Marries," Professor Donald Klaiss, of the University of North Carolina, indicated some of the things that this generation might do in order to give the next generation the best possible chances of marital success. The suggestions summarized by Professor Klaiss are:

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