Shelby in Cleveland County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
W. J. Cash
Erected 1982 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number O-71.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Communications. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1600.
Location. 35° 17.536′ N, 81° 32.796′ W. Marker is in Shelby, North Carolina, in Cleveland County. Marker is at the intersection of West Marion Street and North Martin Sreet, on the right when traveling west on West Marion Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shelby NC 28150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O. Max Gardner (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Dixon, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Bobby Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cleveland County Civil War Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cleveland County World War I Memorial (approx. World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Don Gibson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Earl Scruggs (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for W.J. Cash. (Submitted on October 22, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
1. W. J. Cash from North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program site
Wilbur Joseph Cash, author of The Mind of the South, was born in South Carolina on May 2, 1900, as Joseph Wilbur Cash. (Cash later reversed the order of his given names and primarily used only his initials.) He was the oldest of John William and Nannie Hamrick Cash’s four children. When he was twelve years old, Cash’s family moved to Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where he attended Boiling Springs High School, delivering the commencement address in 1917. Following graduation he worked odd jobs until, in 1918, he succumbed to his father’s wishes and attended Wofford College. After one year there, he transferred to Valparaiso University for a short time. In 1920 he entered
Between 1923 and the summer of 1927, W. J. Cash worked for the Charlotte Observer, Chicago Post, and Charlotte News, successively. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, he left home to bicycle through Europe. Upon returning, he edited Shelby’s semiweekly Cleveland Press. Quitting in 1929 to freelance, Cash penned an article, called “The Mind of the South,” that was brought to the attention of New York publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Knopf asked Cash to develop a manuscript proposal based on the article. Although he submitted the work in 1930, another breakdown placed Cash in a Charlotte hospital for several months, after which time he was told to discontinue writing.
In 1932, however, Cash began work on The Mind of the South in the back room of his aunt’s Boiling Springs post office. He returned to the Charlotte News in 1937 as an editorial writer, still working on his manuscript as time allowed. Completed in July 1940 and published in February 1941, The Mind of the South is considered to be a classic work of history and social criticism. The book won the Mayflower Cup that year.
— Submitted October 22, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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