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Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction

Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction

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A century and a half after the conclusion of the Civil War, the legacy of the Confederate States of America continues to influence national politics in profound ways. Drawing on magazines such as Southern Partisan and publications from the secessionist organization League of the South, as well as DixieNet and additional newsletters and websites, Neo-Confederacy probes the veneer of this movement to reveal goals far more extensive than a mere celebration of ancestry. Incorporating groundbreaking essays on the Neo-Confederacy movement, this eye-opening work encompasses such topics as literature and music; the ethnic and cultural claims of white, Anglo-Celtic southerners; gender and sexuality; the origins and development of the movement and its tenets; and ultimately its nationalization into a far-reaching factor in reactionary conservative politics. The first book-length study of this powerful sociological phenomenon, Neo-Confederacy raises crucial questions about the mainstreaming of an ideology that, founded on notions of white supremacy, has made curiously strong inroads throughout the realms of sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, and often “orthodox” Christian populations that would otherwise have no affiliation with the regionality or heritage traditionally associated with Confederate history.

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ISBN-13: 9780292779211
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 354
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

EUAN HAGUE is Assistant Professor of Geography at DePaul University in Chicago.HEIDI BEIRICH is Director of Research and Special Projects for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks the activities of hate groups. She lives i

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Connected Fringe James W. LoewenAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Neo-Confederacy and the New Dixie Manifesto Euan Hague, Edward H. Sebesta, and Heidi BeirichPart I. The Origins and Development of Neo-Confederacy and Its Tenets1. Neo-Confederacy and Its Conservative Ancestry Euan Hague and Edward H. Sebesta2. The U.S. Civil War as a Theological War: Neo-Confederacy, Christian Nationalism, and Theology Edward H. Sebesta and Euan Hague3. Gender, Sexuality, and Neo-Confederacy Heidi Beirich and Kevin Hicks4. Neo-Confederacy, Culture, and Ethnicity: A White Anglo-Celtic Southern People Euan Hague and Edward H. Sebesta5. Neo-Confederacy and the Understanding of Race Euan Hague and Edward H. SebestaPart II. Practicing Neo-Confederacy6. Fighting for the Lost Cause: The Confederate Battle Flag and Neo-Confederacy Gerald R. Webster and Jonathan I. Leib7. Neo-Confederacy and Education Euan Hague8. Literature and Neo-Confederacy Kevin Hicks9. You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie: Neo-Confederacy in Music Jon Bohland and Brian Tongier10. The Struggle for the Sons of Confederate Veterans: A Return to White Supremacy in the Early Twenty-First Century? Heidi BeirichAfterword: Nationalizing Neo-Confederacy? Euan Hague and Edward H. SebestaContributorsIndex

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