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Overview

The South Was Right! is also available from Pelican as an unabridged twelve-hour audiocassette recording.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565540248
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 347,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Descendants of Civil War soldiers, twin brothers James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy have held posts with the Sons of Confederate Veterans for several years. Both also are founding members of the League of the South. In their spare time, the brothers enjoy participating in reenactments of Civil War battles. They are also the authors of The South Was Right! and Why Not Feedom!: America's Revolt Against Big Government, both published by Pelican.

Descendants of Civil War soldiers, twin brothers James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy have held posts with the Sons of Confederate Veterans for several years. Both also are founding members of the League of the South. In their spare time, the brothers enjoy participating in reenactments of Civil War battles. They are also the authors of The South Was Right! and Why Not Feedom!: America's Revolt Against Big Government, both published by Pelican.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    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 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).

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    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 about what the Civil War was really about.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    it is time to tell the truth the way the south really felt!

    This is a book that you won't put down. Points made on the southern side that were left out by the yankees who wrote the history books.You know what they say to the victor goes the spoils, but finally a truthful version of why the south did what they did. If you love history it is a GREAT read. DEO VINDICE!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    Northerner, Southerner, or wherever you call home, this book is an enjoyable look at America's past, not just the South's history. It gives details you might have missed in school about the Civil War, and will make Southerners even more proud of where they come from.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2010

    Great Book Must Read

    Good book for people starting out reading about the Southern Cause. Keeps you hooked and wanting to know more. I even had a moment when reading about the young boy from TN hanged because he wouldnt tell the yanks who his commander was. Had a bit of a nightmare over it thinking about it so much. Anyhow it sets you up really good for another read which I recommend "The Rise and Fall of The Confederate Goverment" by Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. So go get it and read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Enlightening

    The author does an excellent job proving that slavery
    was just a smoke screen to justify the real reasons
    the North invaded the South. Regardless of what side
    you sympothize with, this is a must read for any student
    of accurate history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2003

    Two Thumbs Up !

    The book is needed to tell the truth about the great South. The South told the truth about the Federal Government and how they get in to the states business. The Supreme Court Case on Affirmative Action and Homosexuals is just an example on what I'm talking about. The South has morals, Christian Values that our kids need to know about. Salvery was wrong. I've saw the movie Roots and this book is the South's roots. Our kids don't need political correctness, they need the truth. God Bless Dixie & America !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    The Truth Hurts!

    This book is a book that needed to be told. To most southerners we knew by our heritage that we were right and we fought a just and noble war. As far as most northerners, this book must be a shock that people actually feel this way! But the truth of the matter is that as citizens of this age, it is hard to believe that the north would invade the south simply because they needed the souths economy to survive. The 1860 Census shows the GNP from the south at 85%. Thats a stagering number for a small region.It is also curious as to why Lincoln pulled out every federal soldier from its garrisons around the south except for Fort Sumpter in South Carolina. Then went on to lie to the Southern people about not sending arms and ammunition to the Fort when he said he would not, only retrieve his men. This book is a great educational tool to dispute all the lies and myths that have been told. The descendants of our soldiers who spent four hard long years in the field away from their loved ones or died would want their stories told. It is about time that people look at what is there for them, to educate themselves about the truth of an invasion, and an unjust war. And for those that claim that the south was bigoted and racist, I would ask, where was the northern savior between 1865 to 1963, when JFK had to force the doors open in Alabama? By the way, the facts that I've talked about was retrieved from the US Congressional Library. You can also find out about the two only slave ports in the US (New York and Boston Harbor). We Southerners are good citizens of this country and are proud of this country. Gen Lee told us to go back and be good citizens and we have been ever since. From the Spanish American War to Desert Storm, southerners have been there. And we will continue to be good citizens. But while we have those that believe the south hates blacks and the war was for slavery, these people forget about the indentured servants (Anglo-saxons), while they proclaim "Plymouth Rock as thy first step in America, they forget that Souherners where growing corn 12 years before plymouth,MA. at Jamestown, VA." The Truth hurts!! God Bless America and Long live the South!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    Pride in the South

    This book was the first I have read which truly showed the Confederacy and its objectives clearly and without restriction. Current society teaches us that we should feel shame for the actions of our ancestors and forever suffer the pain of losing. Instead, the south fought for a just and LEGAL right to be free. You cannot deny the amount of non-slave owning, moral, and respected men who led and fought for the southern cause. Men like this did not fight for the preservation of slavery, but for the rebellion of wrong-doing invaders and an end to explotation. It is important that our history is taught to our children, and we learn to honor our ancestors and be proud of our heritage. What kind of nation can we build if we cannot honor our past? We need to stand up for our rights, but not in acts of hatred, for that is not why the cause was launched, but instead for our claim to our respected heritage. This book is a great read for anyone who is really interested in the truths of the war for southern independence.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Controversial, Not Politically Correct, and Totally Accurate

    You don't have to be Southern by birth or a Civil War historian to appreciate the scholarship and unvarnished portrayal of history in this book. As we all know, the history taught in school is incredibly slanted towards the heroism and moral position of the Union. Unfortunately, this is a lie. The war was NOT primarily about slavery, but rather a trampling of the strong state's rights foundation our nation was founded upon. If you are from the North and ever wondered why the Civil War is still relevant and close to the hearts of your Southern friends, then read this book with an open mind. It will open your eyes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    Retired Soldier from the North

    I recommend anyone reading this book have an open mind, in oreder to give it a fair shot. If there is one thing I have learned in all my military and life experience there are always two sides to every story.I have aserved with alot of Southerners in the military white and black and I certainly do not think they should have pride in their heritage and where they are from. The authors did do a great deal of research,but at the same time I think they have the impression that all northern people are all the same, a ridiculous premise. The book is a good read, some of the facts are disturbing,but true alot of what General Sherman did would probably land him in jail today and the collatoral damage to the civilian population and food supply was probably unnecessary considering these were fellow Americans. I think that perhaps the educational system could perhaps give this book a look and teach the history of this war more fairly and not demonize the South. I am proud to be American and honored to have served with all americans from everywhere

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    This book should never rest !

    I read this book and bought 2 more copies to lend out. I already knew that school taught history (not limited to the War for Southern Independence) was Liberal. This book is a well researched wealth of information and should not be allowed any rest. I will see to it that these books that I bought are being constantly read by someone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    Eye Opening, Truthful, and highly recommended to History Teachers!!!!

    When I first saw this book on the shelf at my local B&N I didn't think it would be very legitimate. I was wrong. This book has allowed me to understand the true history of the civil war. The authors who wrote this book did their homework and research as well as anyone could possibly do so. My great ancestors fought for the Union during the Civil War and I had always believed what I was taught in school. Now I understand that what I was taught was propaganda tied to myths. This book reveals the TRUTH of the Civil War and has strong proof and evidence to support its contents! If you are a Civil War historian, a history teacher or a history student I strongly recommend this book to you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Get over it.

    Yet another tired rehashing of the Souths arguments: Lincoln put forth as a despot and a tyrant (Lincoln was a realist who did the best he could with a bad situation), Sherman and Grant indicted as war criminals (perhaps so, at least in Shermans case, but they at least realised, long before Lee, that the nature of war, and the way to fight it, had forever changed), etc, etc. Since the North was not entirely opposed to slavery (I mean, there were a couple hundred odd slaves in New Jersey) the South was right. The book is not mearly politically incorrect, as the authors proudly claim, it is simply incorrect.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    The Simple truth finally spoken

    This is a great book that every American can read. Every statement is well defended. Those in America who wish to be blind will remain so even after being presented with the compelling evidence found in 'The South was Right'. It was really amusing reading the third review titled 'Propaganda for Propaganda'. In it the writer states that only undereducated people will be effected by the book. The whole review however reads like its been written by a third grader and thus the writer is seemingly one of the undereducated people. The South fought to defend their homes. So many Southerners would not have fought so hard and so long so that six percent of the population could own slaves. The Yankees were not fighting to free the slaves but to impose their will on the Southerners. You will see this in the Book and their is even more evidence available, that supports the Southern cause, which they did not include in the book. This book allows Southerners to feel pride againd after having been stripped of it for so long. The South will rise again, perhaps not as a nation, but she will rise off her knees where the North has kept her for so long with it powerful propaganda tools. Do not be ashamed any longer South! You loved and still love the black race more than the North ever has. Slavery would have been abolished within a few years of the end of the Civil War if the South had won. You'll see this in the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    excellent book

    This book quickly grabbed my attention, and provided me with many facts that are pretty much unheard of. My opinion of the *southern war for independance* indeed has changed. Now that i have read it, I definetely think that the southerners deserved their independance, and the authors did make good points for why they should have won. However, I must say this book is biased, and has propoganda in it as well. In order for a point of view to be accurate, you have to state the negative and the positive, and I didn't encounter anyreasons that perhaps suggest that there were wrongs with the South, it only stated what was wrong about the north- and I think that factor weakens the authors arguments. Remember, there can't be a war just because one side was evil, there were mistakes that both the north and the south made. In addition, I was curious to see some arguments for racist groups such as the KKK, or the LIttle Rock school incident. Overall I recommend the book, but only read it if you are open-minded and read scholarly books that are *pro* North--just so you can have both sides of the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Propagranda for propaganda

    A book that Joseph Goebbel would be proud of, this book tries to countered 'northern propaganda' with 'southern propaganda'. To list the follies of this book will probably required another book! Politically correct book for all neo-Confederates, the authors writes as if they are not Americans but some foreigners from some foreign land. I supposed if you are Osama or some folks who don't like our nation, you will endorsed such book like this which still openly advocate South as a separate nation and enjoy seeing the United States break up. Civil War is long over and along with it, its causes and effects. Well educated Civil War students will dismissed this book. It might however, affects the readers who are undereducated, under read and somewhat clueless about the subject.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    The south Was Wrong

    You cannot be serious, sir. The south was the most wrong government in the world in the mid-19th century, and nothing you add to our knowledge counters that fact.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    The South was never right

    The minute the last gun was fired in the war of Southern rebellion, my fellow southerners began rewriting history to justify the idiotic gamble by which they wrecked their economy and society. This book pulls together most of those old whines and fallacies, and labors hard to breathe new life into them. But it's just as much a lost cause today as it was in 1865.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2002

    You've got to be kidding

    One of the worst pieces of 'scholarship' I have ever seen. The liberal use of exclamation points and all caps do nothing to hide the blatantly out-of-context quotes and myopic selection of 'facts.' This rant is revisionist history at its worst.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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