The Scotch-Irish, a Social History
James G. Leyburn
To James Leyburn, the Scotch-Irish were a distinct ethnic group.
Leyburn traces their history from 17th century Scotland, to Ireland
and finally to the American colonies. This is a fascinating book,
which shows the lifestyle of a certain people that shaped their
culture and character from 1600 up to even today. An excellent read
and for many Southerners, possibly a good reference tool for conducting
Cracker Culture, Celtic Ways in the Old
Grady McWhiney provides a provocative study of social life
in the Old South that probes the origin of cultural differences
between the South and the North throughout American history. Fundamental
differences between Southerners and Northerners shaped the course
of antebellum America; their conflict in the 1860s was not so much
brother against brother as culture against culture. This book, while
focused on the Celtic influences on Southern culture, gives glimpses
of Negro influences on Southern culture and shows how African and
Celtic cultures were actually similar and compatible. A must read
for any student of Southern history.
Southern Cross, The Beginnings of the Bible
Christine Leigh Heyrman
In this book, Heyrman looks at periods of the colonial South
and the early American Republic in which protestant denominations
(specifically Baptist and Methodist) spread across the South.
A Struggle for Power, The American Revolution
Theodore Draper’s book is a dissection of the process
that led to the final break with England and to armed revolt in
1775. In this book, the 40 years prior to war are covered, laying
the foundation of not only the colonist’s actions, but those
of the British empire.
Founding Father, Rediscovering George Washington
Brookhiser goes in search of the real George Washington. What
he discovers is a figure who can still evoke our deepest admiration.
While Brookhiser does review Washington’s military and political
career, it is the analysis of Washington’s character that
is the most important aspect of this book. This is a chance to understand
what drove this great Southerner. This book provides us an example
worthy of being emulated by all modern Southerners.
A Consuming Fire, The Fall of the Confederacy
in the Mind of the White Christian South
Eugene D. Genovese
Mr. Genovese looks at how Southerners viewed slavery right
before, during and right after the War for Southern Independence.
Eugene Genovese asserts that most Southerners were either in personal
conflict over whether slavery should continue, or were attempting
to bring slavery “up to biblical, Christian standards.”
Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
This magnificent book demolishes one of the most insidious
dogmas about our heritage, the moral justification for the War of
Northern Aggression. Hummel, an economics professor at California's
Golden Gate University, makes a compelling case that the War of
Northern Aggression was evil, that it wasn't necessary for the liberation
of slaves and that it ushered in the era of costly and oppressive
big government which plagues us today.
Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil
Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.
Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia is
the first comprehensive study of WBTS Afro-Virginian history and
culture. Through it we witness every aspect of black life: slave
and free; rural and urban; homefront and battlefield; at work on
plantations but also in munitions factories in Richmond; as wartime
Union spies and as soldiers in the confederate army.
Black Southerners in Gray
Richard M. Rollins
Little known stories of African-Americans who sided with the
Confederacy during the War for Southern Independence.
The Jewish Confederates
Robert N. Rosen
Rosen reveals the remarkable breadth of Southern Jewry’s
participation in the war and strength of Jewish commitment to the
Confederate cause. Intrigued by the apparent irony of their story,
Rosen weaves a surprisingly complex chronicle that dispels common
misconceptions about the Confederacy, its leadership and soldiers,
and its Jewish population.
War for Southern Independence caught these settlers and many
other businessmen, traders and sailors in a decisive situation.
Should they support their respective States and the newly founded
Confederate Government, or sit out the war as many foreigners did
exempt from military obligations due to foreign nationality. The
answer was to fight for their new found homes. The Hispanic Confederate
was not fighting for the right to keep ten percent (10%) of Southern
Whites as slave owners. ... The question is then, why? The answer
is that they fought to maintain their way of life, and afterwards
when the South was invaded to protect their families and homes.
Robert E. Lee on Leadership, Executive Lessons
in Character, Courage and Vision
H.W. Crocker III
Without a doubt, Robert E. Lee was a leader for the ages. The
man heralded by Winston Churchill as “one of the noblest Americans
who ever lived” gives all Southerners an example from a time
in our history that was at the same time one of our finest and our
darkest. H. W. Crocker presents the keys to Lee’s greatness
and why some did and still do consider Lee the “Washington
of the Confederacy.”
The South was Right!
James Ronald Kennedy & Walter Donald Kennedy
These Kennedy brothers are ardent Southerners who seek to present
information on the South not provided in most history books used
in our schools which, as the authors point out, are written and
published in the Northeast. In this book, the role of Northerner’s
in the slave industry is examined as well as race relations, the
Constitutional aspects of self determination and the relationship
between the states and the federal government as intended by the
When in the Course of Human Events
Now, Charles Adams, the world's leading scholar on the history
of taxation, answers in a work of scholarship and piercing insight
that lays all other histories to rest. What's more, Mr. Adams gives
us an airtight justification for secession. Most attempts to explain
the origins of the Civil War rely heavily on regional sympathies.
Not so Adams. A native Northerner, he looks both sides square in
the face and finds (mostly) the North wanting.
The Real Lincoln
In this blockbuster, Thomas DiLorenzo calls for a complete
rethinking of a central icon of American historiography. He looks
at the actions and legacy of Abe Lincoln from an economics point
of view to show that Lincoln's main interest was not in opposing
slavery but in advancing mercantilism, inflationism, and government
spending: the "American system" of Henry Clay. DiLorenzo
shows that the high tariff pushed by Northern industries, at the
expense of Southern agriculture, was the main cause of the sectional
conflict. Further, Lincoln's goal in preventing Southern secession
was the consolidation of federal power and the collection
of revenue, not the elimination of slavery.
Myths and Realities of American Slavery:
The True History of Slavery in America
John C. Perry
John Perry takes the reader through an exhaustive look at the
origins and growth of slavery on the American continent and addresses
the hard facts of slavery based on documented reality, not emotionalism.
There is no agenda in this book except to discover the truth and
look it square in the eye. All readers, regardless of their preconceived
ideas concerning slavery in America, will find a wealth of information
that puts the history of slavery in the proper perspective. This
is without a doubt the finest book covering slavery in America,
not painting an overtly positive or negative view of slavery, just
War Crimes Against Southern Civilians
Walter Brian Cisco
In a series of concise and compelling chapters, the story is told of the Union's "hard war" against the people of the Confederacy-one that included the shelling and burning of cities, systematic destruction of entire districts, mass arrests, forced expulsions, wholesale plundering of personal property, and even murder. Attention is given to the suffering of African-American victims of Federal brutality. Carefully researched-largely from primary sources-this is the first book-length survey of war crimes committed by the United States against Southern civilians.
The Promise of the New South, Life After
Edward L. Ayers
In this volume, Edward Ayers examines the South rising out
of the effects of Reconstruction, holding on to its old ways while
facing the reality of a changing economy. He explores every aspect
of society, politics and economy, detailing the importance of each
in the emerging “New South.” Stories of Populism, race
relations and all the contradictory stories that were the South
around the turn of the century give insight into a recovering Southland.
Southern by the Grace of God
Michael Andrew Grissom
Michael Andrew Grissom boldly proclaims the traditions, culture
and values that have long distinguished the South from the rest
of the United States. In this book, Grissom argues persuasively
that being Southern is, indeed, something rare, something special,
something beyond the good fortune of being an American.
The Southern Tradition at Bay
This is Weaver's examination of the ideals and ideas of the
Southern Tradition - as expressed in the military histories, autobiographies,
diaries, and novels of the era following the War for Southern Independence,
especially those written by men and women on the losing side.
The South Under Siege 1830 - 2000 (click
here for direct ordering
from the author)
Written from a Southern perspective, this book examines the
true relations between the North and the South from 1830 to June
2000. It identifies the real history of each region, and the lies
and distortions by which the Northern liberals have created totally-false
stereotypes of both the Northern liberal and the traditional Southerner.
It tells what the North has done to the South; and why the North
claims to have done it; and why the North really did it; and what
the consequences have been.
The Oxford Book of the American South
Edited by Edward L. Ayers and Bradley C. Mittendorf
This books resonates with the words of black people and white,
men and women, the powerless as well as the powerful. The collection
presents the most telling fiction and nonfiction produced in the
South from the late eighteenth century to the present.
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
Charles Reagan Wilson & William Ferris
This is a ten-year project involving more than 800 scholars
and writers. This book offers a portrait of a rich cultural landscape.
The South, A Treasury of Art and Literature
Edited by Lisa Howorth
This 'coffee table book' is a wonderful tomb that looks at
the art and literature of the South broken down into eras. Starting
at the colonial period, the editor has brought together art, literature
and history covering 400 years of Southern culture and the Southern
people. It is not just a book of pictures, but of letters and a
review of the uniqueness of the Southern people.
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South
Johnson reveals that, far from being the backwater of the nation, the South has always been the center of American culture and history and that the South is truly rising again. This book corrects many of the myths and misunderstandings perpetuated in public schools, Hollywood, and the media.
Interested in more recommended reading?
and see what books noted Southern historian Dr. Clyde Wilson,
of the University of South Carolina, suggests.
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