The South: A Market For Shoes
This article originally appeared in Southern Exposure Vol. 5 No. 1 "Good Times and Growing Pains." Find more from that issue here.
“The South is an untapped market
for shoes, ”
said Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor.
Put shoes on those poor barefoot Southerners
and a social revolution will take place!”
The South blushed red as a Georgia sunset.
All below the Potomac
And Josiah Bailey,
a Carolina knight
with a firm jaw and
the U-nited States Senate:
even our mules wear shoes!”
Stephen March, a West Virginian, has been a piano player in a bar, a photographer, a truck driver, a reporter, a farmer and a spare hand in a cotton mill. He is currently completing a novel. (1977)