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The Second Death of Dixie

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Thomas Goodrich
The Day Dixie Died: Southern Occupation, 1865-1866
Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2001
312 pp.

Thomas Goodrich’s second book for Stackpole Books followed three years after his revisionist look at the culture of the American Indians in Scalp Dance: Indian Warfare on the High Plains, 1865-1879. Read more …

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Thomas Nelson Page’s The Negro: The Southerner’s Problem

Edward Williams Clay, America, 1841.

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Thomas Nelson Page
The Negro: The Southerner’s Problem
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1904

After the Civil War, the defeated South needed a champion. It needed someone who could articulate the rationale behind the lost Southern cause in such a way that would allow for the reincorporation of the former Confederacy back into the Union without alienating its former enemies. Read more …

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Remember Thomas Nelson Page

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Shortly after the Civil War, the American South found itself in ruins. Much has been written about the devastation of the war and the indignities and strife which followed during Reconstruction. Beyond the poverty and oppression and the rapid demise of the old regime with its “outdated” culture of honor, loyalty, and heroism, the inheritors of the former Confederacy found themselves without defense in the national and international courts of moral opinion. Read more …

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Remembering John C. Calhoun

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Anyone familiar with 19th-century American history will recognize John C. Calhoun as the man who, more than anyone else, represented the antebellum South. He, along with John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia, provided much of the intellectual heft behind the character and institutions of the South and defined its position as a distinct economic and cultural region within the greater Union.

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Heroes & Cowards:
Diversity in the Military

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Dora L. Costa & Matthew E. Kahn
Heroes & Cowards: The Social Face of War
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008

One of the ideas that helped create the “Alt-Right” was laid out by Robert D. Putman in his book Bowling Alone (2000).[1] Putnam argues that after the social revolution of the 1960s introduced the horrors of “vibrancy” and “diversity” on America, civic society itself began to fragment. Read more …

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Emperor Maximilian & the Dream of a European Mexico

Archduke Maximilian, c. 1855

Archduke Maximilian, c. 1855

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One hundred and forty-nine years ago, on June 19, 1867, Maximilian von Hapsburg—Emperor of Mexico, brother to Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, and descendant of Holy Roman Emperors—was shot by a firing squad of rebels in Querétaro, Mexico. Maximilian stood six-foot-two, had blond hair and blue eyes, and was 34 years of age. He had been Emperor of Mexico for barely two-and-a-half years.

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Thomas Nelson Page’s Red Rock

Thomas Nelson Page

Thomas Nelson Page

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The great American race novel currently does not even have a Wiki page.

Indeed, Red Rock: A Chronicle of Reconstruction by Thomas Nelson Page has generally been out of print since its publication in 1898 and is available these days only through publishers who specialize in reproducing historical works—or second-hand through online auction websites such as eBay. Thomas Nelson Page is one of the great lost American authors, Read more …

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Iron & Paint:
The Lee-Jackson Memorial: A Rational Interpretation

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Bmore LJM 2There has been much anger expressed on either side of the racial divide in Baltimore, concerning the so-called “Lee-Jackson Memorial.” This past week, on a fog-shrouded, drizzling, winter Wednesday, a young White Nationalist from out of state came to Baltimore on his personal mission to photograph Caucasian monuments Read more …

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The Hell Soldiers

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federal-siege-guns-yorktown-virginia-during-the-american-civil-war-mathew-bradyThe bend in the river was leafy and green with old trees that hung their thick branches out and over. The shadows were almost black at some parts on the banks, spreading gradually to grey green, then dappling away into nothing by the middle of the water. The sunlight sparkled gold and white on the dark waters. Read more …

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El Rebelde:
Entrevista a Dominique Venner

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English version here

Es posible ser indómito intelectualmente, ser irritante para el rebaño, sin llegar a ser un rebelde de verdad. Read more …

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