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NEW IMMIGRANTS IN THE NEW SOUTH:A Bibliographical Essayby Patrick Reed In an earlier essay, the author disputed conclusions of John Higham and Rowland T. Berthoff on the nativist sentiments of late nineteenth century Southerners. The intense antipathy Southerners directed toward outsiders after 1915 was not the result of "an astonishing revolution in the early twentieth century," as Higham argued.1 Nor was Berthoff correct in concluding that contrary opinions coexisted in the South before 1900, with pro-immigrant industrial and planter interests opposed by a pervasive popular xenophobia.2 Instead, the author found evidence of a southern consensus: even among those most actively promoting immigration, a consistent set of qualifications was applied to the type of immigrant sought.3 A student of the ideas of a pre-Gallop population must be cautious in his choice and interpretation of sources. New South newspapers and periodicals peddled the party line, while the opinions of politicians, if subject to some popular pressure, might not match their constituents'. The historian's task is complicated further by the fact that relatively few immigrants answered the region's carefully qualified invitation, so that southern suspicions of outsiders were seldom acted upon. Potentially more debilitating to a student of southern nativism than scarce or suspect sources is the uncertainty of the subject's significance. The southern states' latent late nineteenth centu

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