The Southern Agrarians (also known as the Twelve Southerners, the Vanderbilt Agrarians, the Nashville Agrarians, the Tennessee Agrarians, or the Fugitive Agrarians) were a group of twelve American writers, poets, essayists, and novelists, all with roots in the South, who joined together to write a pro-Southern agrarian manifesto, a collection of essays published in 1930 entitled I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition. They were major contributors to the revival of Southern literature in the 1920s and 1930s now known as the Southern Renaissance.
The Southern Agrarians were based at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and leaders included Allen Tate, John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren, John Gould Fletcher, Andrew Nelson Lytle, and Donald Davidson.
1930 book I'll Take My Stand The South and the Agrarian Tradition All the articles bear in the same sense upon the book's title-subject all tend to support a Southern way...Opposed to the industrial society is the agrarian, which does not stand in particular need of definition ... An agrarian society is hardly one that has no use at all for industries, for professional vocations, for scholars and artists, and for the life of cities ...
... The Southern Agrarian wing drew on some of the values and anxieties being articulated on the anti-modern right, including the desire to retain the social authority and defend the autonomy of the American ... was one of the most politically active of the agrarians, especially in his criticisms of the TVA in his native Tennessee ... As Murphy (2001) shows, the Southern Agrarians articulated old values of Jeffersonian Democracy ...
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