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The South Was Right!

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Darn tootin'

I am so tired of Yankees and how rude they are and coming down to the South, taking it over and basically ruining our culture and cities. Therefore, I have an extremely biased opinion on this book. I think it's great, and I think it is about time the truth came out ab...
I am so tired of Yankees and how rude they are and coming down to the South, taking it over and basically ruining our culture and cities. Therefore, I have an extremely biased opinion on this book. I think it's great, and I think it is about time the truth came out about what the Civil War was really about.

posted by 134688 on October 15, 2008

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Specious Claim

The authors, and many on this comment thread, make a specious claim when they vehemntly deny the primary role slavery played in the decision of southern convention of secession to leave the union. The Kennedys try to reestablish the southern hold over the interpretatio...
The authors, and many on this comment thread, make a specious claim when they vehemntly deny the primary role slavery played in the decision of southern convention of secession to leave the union. The Kennedys try to reestablish the southern hold over the interpretation of this event in history. They are even wrong on the account that the north held sway over this interpretation for so long. The historiography just doesn't agree with them. (Please read James Loewen's books concerning US history textbooks.) Moreover, the southern secessionists themselves do not agree with them. The state of Mississippi's secession convention made it clear why they were leaving the union in the face of the anticipation of a fairly elected presidential administration when they wrote their "A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union". In it they convention states, "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world". They go on to list grievances that all, every one of them, deal with slavery. I will list just a few key items for you:

"That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove.

The hostility to this institution commenced before the adoption of the Constitution, and was manifested in the well-known Ordinance of 1787, in regard to the Northwestern Territory.

It [the hostility of northern abolitionist] has grown until it denies the right of property in slaves, and refuses protection to that right on the high seas, in the Territories, and wherever the government of the United States had jurisdiction.

It [the Union] advocates negro equality, socially and politically, and promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst."

History is a dangerous tool left in the hands of propagandists like the Kennedys. Do your research and see how wrong these guys are.

Try Chandra Mannings examination of soldier's letters in her "What This Cruel War Was Over".

I implore you to discover this countries real history of racial hatred and institutionalized racism. It is important. (Yes, the north was just as racist).

posted by DylanVoltaire on January 16, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    The other side's view

    A well researched (but not as well written) look at how the South saw the "Civil War." A good starting point for any Yankee who has the courage to ask, "how did the other side see it?" Amongst other things, the author does a good job of contrasting the racial intolerance of the northern states to the false piety Yankees use to justify the war.

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    Posted October 20, 2011

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