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The Politically Incorrect Guide to The South (and Why It Will Rise Again). Book review.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
– Gavin Stevens in Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner.
“Real history if often different than popular history.”
– Clint Johnson.
¿Pensabas que solo en el Ecuador nos meten el dedo? Te equivocas.
A book y’all aren’t supposed to read (you should buy it or read it on Google books): Thanks to a gringo (dissatisfied with the modernity, like many of us) friend of mine (not too much green) in Quito I was able to get and read “The Politically Incorrect Guide to The South (and Why It Will Rise Again)” by Clint Johnson, published in 2006, in Washington D.C. USA. This book is what we could call historical revisionism, revisionism supported by facts. This book belongs to a series of “Politically Incorrect Guides” by Regnery editorial house. If the USA may have some virtue, this must be the freedom of expression and speech supported by its Constitution, making available for the great public this kind of historical work, the same kind of work that right now we need here in South America. I could write about the merits of the book, but I rather prefer to show you some particulars details you didn’t know about the history of the South and about the United States in general, the best way to explain you this book.
You think you know the South and the United States.
But did you know (information and quotes extracted from the book):
– The South of the United States once spoke Spanish: The first European settlement and the oldest city in North America were made by Spaniards: St. Augustine in Florida was founded in 1565. Florida and the Louisiana (including Mississippi and many other states of the Union) once were part of the Spanish Empire. As a quiteño you should know that the last Spanish governor of Louisiana was the Baron of Carondelet, after Louisiana, he come to Quito as President of the Real Audiencia.
– Originally only nine states of the thirteen –former colonies- signed the Constitution of USA.
– Commercial capitalism against the United States: England and USA “entered the War of 1812 without any clear goals. So-called War Hawks (the good old boys) in the Senate, including Kentucky’s Henry Clay and South Carolina’s John. C. Calhoun, virtually forced President James Madison’s hand in declaring war. Opposing the War Hawks were the New England Federalists, who once again talked of SECESSION from the Union. The Federalists lifted their wealthy merchant noses into the air and sniffed that they wanted no part of “Mr. Madison’s War.” What the New England merchants did not openly talk about was that their main trading partner was England. If war came, they would be forced to stop trading with the enemy…. (in 1814) the New Englanders were still seething that the War of 1812 was interfering with trade with England… One of the Hartford Convention’s recommendations amending the Constitution… would have limited government-imposed trade embargoes to sixty days -an obvious reflection of the merchant’s desire to trade with an enemy during time of war.” In Roman law, these are called perduellis.
– New York city was the capital of the slaves trade –even after it had been outlawed.
– New York refused to abandon the slave trade.
– There was no civil war in the USA: There was the war of the independence of the South.
– Secession and the war were about the cotton and not about the slavery.
– The secret history of the war: Lincoln planned to send the freed slaves back to Africa. Against the Yankees in the armed forces of the Confederation of the South fought blacks (slaves and free people), Jews, Mexicans, Cherokee Indians, Chinese, Frenchmen, Belgians and Italians.
– The black slaves did not rebel against their owners when the war began, instead of that, they support and fought with them against the Yankees.
– In Elmira, New York state, was build the first concentration camp in the history of the United States, this was used to held the prisoners of the South in subhuman conditions, generating in this way the dead of thousands of them. This camp was known as “Hellmira” because of the cruelties and genocide committed there.
– God recognized the Confederacy: Pope Pius IX, the longest-serving pope un the Vatican’s history (1846-1878), addressed to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy as this: “His Excellency, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America”. “For Christmas 1866, Pope Pius sent Davis, then imprisoned at Fort Monroe, an autographed photography of himself with a Latin verse: “Come unto me all ye that labor and are cast down, and I will refresh you.” Attached to the wooden frame was a crown of thorns woven by the pope himself.”
– No Confederate leaders were ever charged with treason, because a trial could show secession was constitutional.
– There had been no segregation in the antebellum South.
– The race of plantations owners may be surprising: The third-largest slaveholder in South Carolina in time of the Confederacy was a man named William Ellison, he was a rich landowner and he was black.
– Guess the character: He closed down critical newspapers of his government and he arrested the directors of these. He exiled opponents in Congress. He commanded to jail thousands of civilians without trial for opposing his authority. He attempted to suspend the Habeas Corpus, unable to do so due to opposition from the Head of the Supreme Court then he tried to arrest him but he did not found a policeman who would want do the job. He made elections frauds, forcing voters through their troops to vote for the candidate he wanted to win. Any third world tyrant? Any European totalitarian dictator? Alfaro? Well, here is the answer: Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States. Lincoln was no defender of civil rights.
– A really interesting fact for an Ecuadorian: The main and largest hospital of the Confederacy during the war was the Chimborazo Hospital (named after the Chimborazo volcano here in Ecuador), a huge complex of hospital buildings in Richmond Virginia. Until this time there is still a park with that name in that USA city.
The biggest myths about the South:
– The South is unsophisticated compared to the North and West Coast. The truth is Southerners invented musical forms like rock and roll, jazz, blues and bluegrass. We created the motion picture industry. The first women’s colleges and the oldest public universities were all started here.
– The South is “rural redneck.” The nation’s largest banks and the world’s largest corporation are based here. The first successful black politicians on the national stage were Southerners. The first two Jewish U.S. Senators were Southerners. The most popular destination for people of all races to move to is The South and away from The North.
– Southerners supported slavery while Northerners hated it. No Southern alive today disputes that slavery was morally wrong, but the fact remains that all Northern states once had slaves, and virtually all of the slave ships were owned by Yankees. Profits from the slave trade stayed in the North.
– Southerners tried to break up the Union. It was New England which invented the idea of secession; first in objection to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 doubling the nation’s land area, and then in 1814 when New England wanted to trade with enemy England during the War of 1812.
– The War For Southern Independence was about “slavery.”While the South foolishly defended slavery in early 1860s rhetoric, The War was really fought over power and money. If Northerners had a moral objection to slavery in the 19th century, why did they finance the slave trade in the 18th century.
– The Confederate battle flag symbolizes slavery. The battle flag, designed to resemble the cross favored by Jesus’ disciple St. Andrew, as well as the ancient flag of Scotland, did not fly over any slave ships. It flew over the Confederate ancestors of at least 30 million Southerners who fought, bled, and died defending their homes from invading Union armies.
– The Confederate flag is used by the Klan. The largest march ever staged by the Klan was in 1925 Washington, D.C. Thousands of American flags were carried, but not a single Confederate flag. The Klan, when it does march, still carries the U.S. flag.
A quotation the history books leave out:
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
– Abraham Lincoln, 1858.
A southerner way of thinking:
“But, whatever you do, try to prove to the world that, even if we did not succeed in our struggle, we are worthy of success and do earn a reputation to whatever profession you undertake.”
“There is a true glory and true honor: the glory of duty done, the honor of integrity of principle.”
“There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil.”
– Robert E. Lee
Draw your own conclusions.
Francisco Núñez Proaño
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