Wilbur J. Cash

Wilbur J. CashWilbur J. Cash was born in Gaffney, SC, in 1900 and moved to Boiling Springs in 1912. After graduating from Wake Forest College in 1922, Cash worked intermittently as a journalist for several newspapers, including the Charlotte Observer and Charlotte News, and as a freelance writer for magazines such as H. L. Mencken’s American Mercury. In 1941 he published his masterpiece, The Mind of the South, described as “by common consent a classic work of history and social criticism” by George B. Tindall, who wrote Cash’s entry in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Cash died just a few months after The Mind of the South appeared.

Return to Inductees


Listen to Wilbur J. Cash give the Commencement Address at the University of Texas at Austin (June 2, 1941):

“The South in a Changing World”

(Courtesy of John Elkins)

Take a look inside The Mind of the South by Wilbur J. Cash.



Appearances in Periodicals

Reference Material

Leave a Reply