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The Yankee Problem: An American Dilemma (The Wilson Files) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 12, 2016
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In his view, the antebellum South wasn’t just the “real America” but the real Camelot – a just and tolerant nation unto itself whose booming economy supported the rest of the States. Its cavalier plantation owners, steadfast white freemen, and workforce of well-treated slaves saw no need to join the North’s Industrial Revolution with everyone so content in their prosperity. The question of slavery, distasteful to some, was a fact of economic life and would be worked out given time and the basic decency of the Southern gentleman.
But a force of pure Evil threatened those Southerners living the American Dream. Spawned in New England, it spread to other States with the ruthless efficiency of Pennywise the Clown. The real villain of American history was…and still is…the greedy, arrogant Yankee, hard-grabbing native of New England who cruelly invaded and destroyed Dixie to impose a warped Calvinist tyranny. And Yankee oppression endures today in the dark forces of Hillary, Obama, and Republicans who attempt to share government with the “Evil Party” we all know as Democrats.
On the downside, the manuscript appears to lash up a collection of essays with the same points and passages repeated through many chapters. Maybe the repetition is meant to drive home talking points for Dr. Wilson’s fans. And I don’t agree with many of his conclusions, starting with the premise that the Civil War had nothing to do with the issue of slavery but was really Yankee lebensraum. New England soil was barren so they wanted the tobacco and cotton farmland.
On the upside, Dr. Wilson made me LMAO at some of his acid-bath Yankee stereotypes. His construction of Yankee tyranny explains the grievances of voters who responded to Nixon’s Southern strategy in 1968 and form the core voter/fan base for Trump despite his Yankee-style greed and loutish behavior. And lots of Dr. Wilson’s thoughts are sharp commentary on what’s gone wrong with our politics and society.
I’m from New York, and reading two books in his series helped me understand why Southerners can still view Northerners through wounded eyes.
Dr. Clyde Wilson (not a relative that I know of, but quite likely, somewhere down the line), has written many important articles on the twisting of American history performed by the New Englanders (mostly Massachussets-ians - known as 'Yankees') and how they differ from the rest of the country. Their centuries-long plan to remake the perception in the world as to what is "normal" American so that the "Yankee" is considered as the natural type of American, whereas the rest of Americans (probably ~ 75%) are seen as backward, uneducated, and boorish is totally unmasked in this book. There is a reason- in fact MANY revealed in these articles that Dr. Wilson has assembled here- that explain why Damn Yankee is one word (not two). It also explains (if you think about it) who the "ugly Americans" who are so disliked in the rest of the world REALLY are.
Being a Southerner, Dr. Wilson spends most of his time showing how Yankees denigrated the South, Southern culture, & Southerners from before the founding of the United States to the present. If you thought that it stopped with the end of their attempted "Reconstruction" or at any point since then, you are QUITE WRONG!! Open your eyes, and you will see how the South is portrayed as backward even today!! This book can help you to open them.