Governor William Holden, Reconstruction Governor of North Carolina, July 1, 1868 to March 22, 1871.
Governor William Holden, Reconstruction Governor of North Carolina, July 1, 1868 to March 22, 1871.

Reconstruction and the Birth of the Union League - Part 2 of a Series on Reconstruction

By the November1862 elections, many in the North had been demoralized by Confederate victories in the field, and pro-States Rights Northern Democrats made substantial political gains in six Northern states.  This was followed by the humiliating defeat of Union forces by Confederate troops at Fredericksburg, Virginia, ending on December 15. A second humiliating defeat occurred at Chancellorsville in Virginia, ending on May 6 1863, in which Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee routed Union forces under Joe Hooker.  Many Republicans felt that the success of Union war policies and efforts were threatened by these political and military reverses.  As a response, Union Clubs were formed in almost every town to support the war, the troops, and the Republican Party. These became the Union League of America.

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The Tyranny and Corruption of the Radical Republicans - Part 1 of a Series

Thaddeus Stevens, Pennsylvania Congressman, and Radical Republican leader. “The Boss of America”
Thaddeus Stevens, Pennsylvania Congressman, and Radical Republican leader. “The Boss of America”

The South was as devastated by the Un-Civil War of 1861 to 1865 as much as any nation in the annals of warfare.  By the end of the war, one out of every four white men had been killed or died of wounds or disease.  Over 40 percent of private property including homes, businesses, livestock, and crops had been destroyed. In South Carolina, where Sherman’s men had burned the capitol city of Columbia, over 50 percent of private property was destroyed.

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Beneath the Whitewash of Civil War History

John Brown in 1856, abolitionist terrorist and major factor in sectional division.
John Brown in 1856, abolitionist terrorist and major factor in sectional division.

Several years ago, the guests on a popular Christian radio program tried to make the point that the pro-life movement was comparable to the abolitionist movement of the Civil War era. This is a colossal historical error resulting from a complete misunderstanding of the abolitionists and a shallow understanding of the causes and politics of that war. This inept and erroneous comparison could have been harmful to the pro-life movement, had it not been for the public ignorance of Civil War issues brought about by the thoroughly whitewashed version of the Northern cause that prevails in academic and media circles. The underside of that whitewashing was a demonization of the Southern cause and Southern culture.

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Leftist Organizers Attack Free Speech and Raleigh Police

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

Cultural Marxism. Robert E. Lee statue being removed from Jackson Square in New Orleans in 2017.
Cultural Marxism. Robert E. Lee statue being removed from Jackson Square in New Orleans in 2017.

In February 2012, I published a 12-thousand-word article on the Morrill Tariff in the Confederate Veteran, the magazine of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A large part of that work dealt with the history, economic impact, and North-South political tensions from 1815 to the final passage of the Morrill Tariff in March 1861 and beyond. In the summer of 2012, I addressed a Stephen D. Lee Institute (SDLI) symposium in Savannah on protective tariffs and other economic issues regarding “Lincoln’s Economic Legacy.” The SDLI is an educational subsidiary of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. My February 2012 article was later published in the book, To Live and Die in Dixie: The Struggle Continues---by Seventeen Southerners, in 2014.

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Grasping for Power by Insulting Truth and Reason

No informed adult outside of a lunatic asylum can believe that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin would prefer to have Donald Trump as U.S. President over Hillary Clinton,

Bernie Sanders, or any other leftist or radical leftist Democratic Party politicians competing in the 2020 Presidential Primaries. It is absurd to believe that Putin would favor Trump, a U.S. President whose promised and actual policies embody strong national defense and internal security policies, over Democrats whose policies on national defense and especially internal security are demonstrably weak—so weak that foolish and short-sighted are too polite a description. 

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