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What Did the Founders Mean By “Liberty”?

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If there is a singular, inarguable principle that lies at the heart of America, it is liberty. The “Statue of Liberty” is perhaps our most iconic landmark, and the “Liberty Bell” in Philadelphia is one of our oldest national symbols. Read more …

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Is White Nationalism Un-American?

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Thanksgiving:
The Only Holiday Unique to the American Ethny

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There is no holiday or tradition that is both solemn and deeply intertwined in the unique historical American ethnicity and spiritualism as Thanksgiving. The holiday has several meanings. The first is religious. The Mayflower Pilgrims celebrated their survival in Plymouth Colony with a feast and give thanks to God for their blessings. Today, deep within American culture Thanksgiving still carries the impulse to give thanks to the Almighty for one’s blessings during the year. Read more …

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Madison Grant’s Great Work The Conquest of a Continent

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One great work of American history is David Hackett Fischer’s Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. It has altered how a great many Americans see their country and their regional origins. It makes the Civil War easier to understand as well as the Red State/Blue State divide. It helps clear up why Southerners say “y’all” and in New Jersey they sometimes say, “youse.” David Hackett Fischer has followed up the ideas in Albion’s Seed in other works and other historians have built upon Fischer’s ideas.

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Is White Nationalism Un-American?

John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Paul Revere, 1768

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Many patriotic Americans object to White Nationalism because they are told it is “un-American.” America, they say, was always a multiracial society, dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Therefore, the White Nationalist idea of a society that bases citizenship on race is alien to the American tradition.  Read more …

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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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Editor’s Note:

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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Part 3 of 3

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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Part 2 of 3

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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American Supremacism

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Author’s Note:

The following short excerpt is from a forthcoming essay titled ‘How the Irish Became White’, which makes an ethnonationalist critique of the ‘whiteness historians’ (Ignatiev, Roedeger, Allen, etc.) and their treatment of Irish-America.

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American Transcendentalism:
An Indigenous Culture of Critique

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Philip F. Gura
American Transcendentalism: A History
New York: Hill and Wang, 2007

Philip Gura’s American Transcendentalism provides a valuable insight into a nineteenth-century leftist intellectual elite in the United States. This is of considerable interest because Transcendentalism was a movement entirely untouched by the predominantly Jewish milieu of the twentieth-century left in America. Read more …

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An Introduction to the Economic Nature of the United States

Wyndham Lewis, Portrait of Ezra Pound

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This is not a SHORT History of the Economy of the United States. For forty years I have schooled myself, not to write the Economic History of the U.S. or any other country, but to write an epic poem which begins “In the Dark Forest,” Read more …

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Podcast No. 8 
Greg Johnson, “The End of Globalization”
Mark Weber, “Reasons for Hope”

Graphic by Harold Arthur McNeill

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Greg Johnson reads “The End of Globalization” (12:00 minutes) Read more …

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Ethnic Hegemonies in American History, Part 3

Norman Rockwell, "The Problem We All Live With," 1963

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Part 3 of 3

The Rising Tide of Color

The Civil Rights Movement opened doors for some African-Americans, especially those with some European ancestry. Read more …

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Ethnic Hegemonies in American History, Part 2

Thomas Hart Benton, "Bootleggers," 1927

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Part 2 of 2

The First World War and the Great Depression

In 1912 Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, became president for eight years when regular and Progressive Republicans split. Read more …

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Ethnic Hegemonies in American History, Part 1

Grant Wood, "Parson Weems' Fable," 1939

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Part 1 of 3

Political Philosophy and Human Genetic Diversity

Western political philosophy tends toward moral and political universalism: the idea that norms are valid for all human beings. Read more …

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Klansmen, Irishmen, & Nativists:
The Origins of Racial Nationalism in America

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The heterogeneity of America’s European population has always posed a challenge to its national identity. Only late in the nineteenth century was this identity extended to European immigrants assimilated in its Anglo-Protestant values and, in the twentieth century, to Catholics, whose Church (the “Whore of Babylon”) had learned to accommodate the Protestant contours of American life (or what John Murray Cuddihy called its “civil religion”). From this ethnogenesis, the original Anglo-Protestant identity of the American people gradually evolved into a more inclusive European Christian identity, though one closely tied to its Anglo-Protestant antecedents.

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What is the American Nation?

John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Paul Revere, 1768

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The following is part of a larger series of articles that was written for an audience of French “revolutionary nationalists” whose image of America is almost categorically negative. Its ostensible aim was to highlight the positive in the heritage we White Nationalists claim. But at a deeper level, it was also an effort to convince myself that America has not been a historical disaster for the white race. The negative interpretation opposed here can be found in the chapter “Anti-Europe” in my New Culture, New Right: Anti-Liberalism in Postmodern Europe.

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The Cold War on Whites

Selling the Cold War: A Racially-Integrated America Menaced by White Russian Communists

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“The world is white no longer.”
– James Baldwin

For white nationalists — whose cyber-based “movement” is still in its infancy — simple explanations tend to be the rule.

The reductionist “anti-Semitism” that dominates WN ranks and serves as a catch-all explanation for the predicament white people find themselves in today, to cite the most prominent example, is wont to attribute every assault on white life to Jewish perfidy.

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Hinton Rowan Helper:
Harbinger of America’s New Dawn

Hinton Rowan Helper, 1829–1909

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For most readers having a nodding acquaintance with American history, the term “abolitionist” conjures up a vision of a sentimental housewife like Harriet Beecher Stowe, a homicidal psychopath in the mold of John Brown, or some stone-faced Puritan negrophile. Read more …

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