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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (and Why It Will Rise Again) Paperback – January 17, 2007
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From the Founding Fathers to the frontiersmen who tamed the West to the country music, NASCAR, Biblethumping heart of "Red State" America, the South is the quintessence of what's original, unique, and most loved about American culture. And with its emphasis on traditional values, family, faith, military service, good manners, small government, and independent-minded people, the South is just plain more livable than the North--which is one reason why millions of Yankees, white and black, have been moving down South in droves.
The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to the South gives you the facts behind scores of revelations like these:
· How Southerners led the way in drafting the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
· How the Northern victory led to today's all-powerful federal government
· Why race relations in today's South are much better than in the North--or anywhere else in America
· Why the South is naturally conservative (and the North is naturally liberal)
· How American jazz, blues, and rock and roll all came from the South
· Why Southerners are overrepresented in the military--and no, it's not poverty
· The best American literature? Southern, of course
"The South is all about memory, heritage, and pride of place," writes Clint Johnson. "I refuse to go along with the expunging of that memory, heritage, and pride, and I hope the readers of this book, Northern and Southern, will rise up and join me in protesting those who are trying to do it."
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My mom loved to say that it takes two to make a fight. Once this book gets into actual history review, it does a nice job of providing another perspective about why and how the Civil War transpired. As other reviewers have noted, the book isn't intended to provide an exhaustive or balanced viewpoint about the Southern Confederacy but it raises enough concern to inspire serious history buffs to dig deeper elsewhere.
For me, the first four chapters were fluff and I found it hard to stay engaged through discussions of race cars, sweet tea, and Southern hospitality. The fun reading started in Chapter 5 with the history of the States and things got deeper in Chapter 9 with a review of slavery (in both the North and South) and the Civil War. It was here that I was confronted with a historical perspective quite different from what I'd been taught in school.
Was the Civil War really about slavery or did the North have a hidden agenda that it continues to carry out even today? Were Union troops truly interested in a united, free country? Was the North hypocritical when it came to states rights? And was Abraham Lincoln the hero of emancipation that we celebrate today?Read more ›
Part I of this guide talks about Southern culture and tradition and it helps to dispel some of the common myths about southerners while reinforcing others. However, the bulk of this guide is dedicated to setting the record straight about the South and its role in American history, especially the American Civil War. This begins with Part II and there are many tidbits about the South during this era that many will find surprising. Some of what is discussed here isn't new. For example, most people know that Abraham Lincoln didn't view blacks as equals to whites and most people know that states' rights was the primary motive for Southern secession. But other facts are less known, including those about the attitudes in the North and why, in the author's opinion, the people in the North were actually harsher in their treatment of blacks then the people down south.
Some of the author's statements and conclusions are certain to stir up controversy and because the book takes an exclusively pro- Southern stand, there is little to find in this book as far as open debate goes. For example, the book talks about the decision to count blacks as three- fifths of a person and how this confirms that the North was racist.Read more ›
This is a great book, it's not going to win Nobel prizes, makes no apologies for being a whole lot biased, but for the casual reader interested in learning the Southern side of things, it's a welcome addition.
It's important to note that the book is not just about the "War Between The States". It's so much more revealing than just the Civil War.
This is the book I would recommend to parents interested in countering the left leaning indoctrination Southern and for that matter, Northern children are getting in public schools and Academia. While it's important to note, there are other more "intellectual" works done on Southern history such as Charles Adam's "In the Course of Human Events" or any of James Ronald Kennedy's works, this is the perfect book for the casual reader.
This is in no way saying that the author hasn't done their homework, or there is anything un-intelligent about the book. On the contrary, the author has done a superb job of keeping this insightful book simple and easy to digest and doesn't delve so far deep into little known archives and microfiche that otherwise might lose the casual reader.
The book takes a progressive step into a new form of history writing that will attract new readers, casual readers who might otherwise not be interested in history.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No problems with downloading and working with Kindle. The book itself was very informative and easy to read. I recommend this to all my friendsPublished 5 months ago by Carlos
Why reinvent the wheel?
After knuckling down and going through as many of these Lost Cause / Myth of the South / Southern History Revisionism books as I could, I began... Read more
Clint Johnson presents insights into the South that both refreshing in their truth and entertaining in their style.Published 9 months ago by William A. Tyndall
This book made me glad I was born in the South. I didn't know the South was so rich in history.Published 11 months ago by Vincent E. Brown
This should be mandatory reading in every high school in the country.Published 11 months ago by Robert A. Pennison