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Finding the Swamp Fox

John Oller, The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution (Da Capo Press, 2016) Francis Marion is better remembered today than he used to be. There was a time, however, when, outside of……

Podcast Episode 59

The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute, Feb 13-17 2017. Topics: Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, John C. Calhoun, William T. Sherman, Political Correctness, Southern Sports

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Union or Else

In 1864, General William T. Sherman wrote to a fellow Union officer that the “false political doctrine that any and every people have a right to self-government” was the cause of the war that had……

The Burning of Atlanta

I don’t watch sports as I once did. Growing up down South some of my fondest memories were of the World Series, and the radio connection through Al Helfer, Red Barber or Mel Allen. I……

Yale’s Folly

The effort to rename Calhoun College at Yale University has won the day.  After initially deciding not to rename Calhoun College last year, a special presidentially-appointed taskforce recommended the renaming, guided by set of new……

Attack on Robert E. Lee is an Assault on American History Itself

Early in February, the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia voted 3-2 to remove a bronze equestrian monument to Robert E. Lee that stands in a downtown park named in his honor. Vice Mayor Wes Belamy,……

In Search of the Real Abe Lincoln

No one interested in American history can escape Abraham Lincoln. Over the years the outpouring of books, articles, essays, and poems has been enormous, so much so that this form of activity is sometimes referred……

Podcast Episode 58

The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute, Feb 6-10 2017 Topics: Southern manners, Southern culture, Southern literature, Southern tradition.

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The Black Confederate and the Teddy Bear

Most people have never heard of Holt Collier – and those who have heard of the “Teddy Bear” may be surprised to learn about his history. Collier was born into slavery in Mississippi in 1848.……

A Man’s Interest: Sports and the South

I am a Georgian and a University of Georgia alumni. I have been a fan of all the Atlanta sports franchises since I was a kid, and I was a huge fan of the Georgia……

The Continuing Relevance of Calhoun’s Wisdom

I am always glad to talk about my favourite subject–-John C. Calhoun. I think it will become apparent that what he has to say has some relevance to our topic “Building Communities of Resistance”—and perhaps……

Listening in Autumn: “Thin Time” in North Louisiana

Two Poems by Robert Peters and David Middleton Who Will Hear? From distant ridge to distant ridge hunting horns serenading with stories before great fires; Bobbing over hill and into hollow the fox hounds’ course……

Tidewater Wit and Wisdom

An honest man can never be outdone in courtesy. A sensual life is a miserable life. The contempt of death makes all the miseries of life easy to us. -Taken from Seneca’s Dialogues, a primer……

Podcast Episode 57

The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute, Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2017 Topics: Secession, Yankees, Decentralization, Nationalism, Conventions

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Conventions: The Voice of the People

From the 2016 Abbeville Institute Conference on Nullification, August 13, 2016, Atlanta, GA

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The Southern Yankee

Beyond the New England slave trade which populated the American South with millions of enslaved Africans, there were many Yankees who moved South before 1861 to engage in agriculture and the holding of slaves.  And…

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