House, R. B.
November 1923
Journal of Social Forces;Nov1923, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p121
Academic Journal
The article focuses on one of the most conspicuous changes in physical habits wrought in North Carolina by the World War, the phenomenon of war travel, and the resultant personal contacts of North Carolinians with an infinite variety of peoples and places. Prior to 1916 there had never been a wholesale movement of North Carolinians outside their familiar environments. Even the Civil War had taken them no further than into similar conditions of adjoining states. Such travel as there had been was by isolated individuals with no possibility of influence on the people as a whole. But in 1916 and the succeeding years the people left the state by thousands and ranged over the whole face of the globe. To the hundred thousand who went into the fighting forces and auxiliary services we must add their visiting relatives, and those who followed government jobs and general economic opportunity, from the boys who went north to drive home automobiles, to business men in China. It is conservatively estimated that four hundred thousand North Carolinians traveled during the years 1916-1920. It is evident, therefore, that so many contacts with the outside world resulted in a revolution in the mental habits of North Carolinians.


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