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Michael Cushman’s Our Southern Nation

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Michael O. Cushman
Our Southern Nation: Its Origin and Future
New York: American Anglican Press, 2015

David Hackett Fischer and Colin Woodard are two authors who have each told the story (with Albion’s Seed and American Nations, respectively) of the regional movement of various peoples into the United States of America, and of how the conflicts between them have shaped the nature of modern American life on a grand scale. Read more …

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Madison Grant’s The Conquest of a Continent

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In honor of Banned Books Week, we are pleased to publish James Dunphy’s article on Madison Grant’s The Conquest of a Continent, a book targeted by the Anti-Defamation League to be stifled, lest it give white Americans “nativist” ideas.  

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Jim Webb’s Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

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Jim Webb
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
New York: Broadway Books, 2004

Former Virginia Senator (2007-2013), Secretary of the Navy (1988-1989), Marine, and unapologetic Vietnam War veteran Jim Webb launched a quixotic bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, withdrawing in a few months. Read more …

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Review of Jim Webb’s Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

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Originally published on February 17, 2005, this review remains to my mind one of the most memorable pieces ever to appear at VNN.

Jim Webb
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
New York: Broadway Books, 2004

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Nicholas Guyatt’s Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation

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Nicholas Guyatt
Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation
New York: Basic Books, 2016

Throughout history, whites have tended to feel a need to dissect the philosophical implications and practical consequences of their actions. Passion and emotion are rarely the driving forces behind white historical movement. Read more …

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How the Irish Became White, Part 3

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Apropos of Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White (New York and London: Routledge, 1995)

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How the Irish Became White, Part 2

Thomas Nast cartoon asserting the equal worth of Irish and blacks

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Apropos of Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White (New York and London: Routledge, 1995)

What are here called the ‘whiteness historians’ ought not to be confused with ‘Whiteness Studies’ (WS) or ‘critical race studies’ (or certain other new ‘disciplines’ favored by ‘the New Know-Nothings’), Read more …

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How the Irish Became White, Part 1

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One of Thomas Nast’s 19th-century anti-Irish cartoons

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Apropos of Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White (New York and London: Routledge, 1995)

‘We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English’. — Winston Churchill

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Two Puritan Commonwealths in Massachusetts

Plymouth Colony, 1620–1691

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Plymouth Colony and the Massachusetts Bay Colony were two distinct Puritan commonwealths. Because this fact is not widely known, it is useful to understand some of the distinctions.

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Social Aristocracy

John Singleton Copley, “The Copley Family,” 1776

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In the United States and England there has long existed the loose idea of a white social aristocracy arising from birth, old money, and social position that exercises a kind of fascination over people’s minds.

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