Freight Rates Down South

April 1943
New Republic;4/19/43, Vol. 108 Issue 16, p496
Focuses on the issue of freight rates in the U.S. Raising of the issue by Louisiana Governor Sam Jones, as a base for his attacks against the New Deal in an article published in the journal "Saturday Evening Post." Prediction of Jones that the South will bolt, the Democratic Party in 1944 because gross inequities like the present discriminatory freight structure in Southern territory have not been corrected by the present administration; Information about a report on the issue, which agreed that the South and Southwest are discriminated against by the present rate structure, and held that uniformity is essential to the economic development of all parts of the country; Recommendation made by the report for the congressional action to remove the existing differentials, by amending the Interstate Commerce Commission Act so as to give the commission a clear mandate to carry out the committee's proposals; Introduction of a resolution by Senator Tom Stewart, calling for federal aid in paying freight charges imposed on small businesses handling war contracts, so as to compensate them for discrimination; View that the appointment of the three Southerners to the Interstate Commerce Commission by the President Franklin D. Roosevelt may have some influence on the issue.


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