34 stories of citizen programs at work in our own southeast bear witness to the hope that through such agencies, the South can pull itself up to the measure of its potentialities. Through various forms of cooperative action, study groups, fact finding groups; reassessment of values when basic industries or crops have failed; community development through schools, churches; Credit Unions and country hospital associations, all these time honored means to an end are explored as they have been used and molded by small rural communities throughout the South. Each chapter is a factual record of how leadership from within the group, and group study and action achieved the desired result, revitalizing a whole community in the process. Not only concrete economic ends were achieved, but increased civic awareness, more abundant life resulted. The state of Virginia has been outstanding in leadership. The authors have made a practical contribution, not only in telling these success stories, but in analyzing the effective devices for letting people know, and stimulating action.