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Podcast Episode 88

Podcast Episode 88

The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute, Sept 4-8, 2017 Topics: Political Correctness, Confederate Monuments, Battle of Fredericksburg, Republican and Democrat Parties Don’t Miss a Podcast Episode. Subscribe to The Week in Review at Abbeville Instutute Podcast. Subscribe on iTunes Let’s block ads! (Why?) … Read more at the Abbeville Institute (The opinions in…

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Understanding the War on Monuments

Understanding the War on Monuments

Agitation, Abstraction, Disruption, Distraction… These words are the most primal reasons that southern, and arguably mainstream American, history is under attack throughout the country. On August 16, 2017, I attended a protest to remove the John C. Calhoun monument in Charleston, South Carolina. While I was at this protest, I gained a lot of insight…

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Lincoln or Lee? What Would Hitler Say?

Lincoln or Lee? What Would Hitler Say?

“Some crazy person just compared President Abraham Lincoln to Hitler. Yes, this just happened on CNN and Brooke Baldwin’s reaction was perfect.” So scribbled one Ricky Davila on Social Media (Twitter). Indeed, an elderly Southern gentleman had ventured that President Lincoln, not General Lee, murdered civilians, a point even a Court historian and a Lincoln…

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AHA Revisionism

AHA Revisionism

On 28 August 2017, the American Historical Association (AHA) issued a “Statement on Confederate Monuments” that presumed to speak for the entire American historical profession on the issue of whether these monuments should remain or if they should be removed from public spaces. Unfortunately this “statement” is little more than historical establishment claptrap disguised as…

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The Brave Samaritan

The Brave Samaritan

  A Review of The Angel of Marye’s Heights, by Les Carroll, Columbia, SC: Palmetto Bookworks, 1994. The famed G.K. Chesterton once wrote: “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”  No quote better sums up the actions of one brave…

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Party Truths

Party Truths

Recent years have seen a new revisionist theme emerge in the history of America’s two principal, modern-day political parties – the Democrats and Republicans. In the new debate, two questions have emerged: Did the two parties switch platforms at any point in history? And did the Democrats, with its longtime Southern stronghold, always have a…

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Podcast Episode 87

Podcast Episode 87

The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute, Aug 28 – Sep 1, 2017. Topics: United States Constitution, nullification, slavery, United States Presidents, Political Correctness, Lost Cause Don’t Miss a Podcast Episode. Subscribe to The Week in Review at Abbeville Instutute Podcast. Subscribe on iTunes Let’s block ads! (Why?) … Read more at the Abbeville…

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August 2017 Top Ten

August 2017 Top Ten

The top ten articles for August 2017: 1. Why The War Was Not About Slavery by Clyde Wilson 2. Defending the Confederacy by Ryan Walters 3. The Real Robert E. Lee by James Rutledge Roesch 4. A Monumental Spin by H.V. Traywick, Jr. 5. What Confederate Monument Critics May Not Know by Philip Leigh 6….

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Key Words For Confederate Monuments–“On Private Land”

Key Words For Confederate Monuments–“On Private Land”

by Al Benson Jr. Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America Usually, I seldom quote the New York Times as it is not one of my favorite publications, and I have accused it, over the years, of not printing “all the news that’s fit to print” but rather of printing all the news that fits (the agenda)….

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If You Think So, Say So

If You Think So, Say So

This is the gravestone of my great-great-great grandfather, Benjamin Parks Middleton, located in the Bethel Baptist Church cemetery between the towns of Hazelhurst and Georgetown in Copiah County, Mississippi. He was a farmer from that area and, to my knowledge, was not a slave-owner. Benjamin served as a private in the 6th Mississippi infantry unit…

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The Charleston Earthquake

The Charleston Earthquake

31 August 1886   On this date in 1886… A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Charleston, South Carolinacausing severe damage and killing more than 100 people. Damage was reported as far away as Washington D.C. The quake was also was reported to have extinguished the “Wakulla Volcano,” a bright natural gas flare that served sailors as a navigational…

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Today in Southern History: The Fort Mims Massacre

Today in Southern History: The Fort Mims Massacre

30 August 1813   On this date in 1813… At the start of the Creek Civil War, the Red Stick faction of Creek Indians having been armed by the British at Pensacola, massacred 517American settlers and mixed-blood Creeks in the stockade of Fort Mimsnorth of Mobile, Alabama. Other Years: 1690 – A force of British militia, Yamassee…

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The Fort Mims Massacre

The Fort Mims Massacre

30 August 1813   On this date in 1813… At the start of the Creek Civil War, the Red Stick faction of Creek Indians having been armed by the British at Pensacola, massacred 517American settlers and mixed-blood Creeks in the stockade of Fort Mimsnorth of Mobile, Alabama. Other Years: 1690 – A force of British militia, Yamassee…

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Abbeville Institute

Abbeville Institute

The current pogrom against Southern history and symbols ignores the influence the South and the institution of slavery had on most American presidents. American history would not be the same without it. If the current goal is to purge any reminder of slavery and the Confederacy from the public sphere, then nearly every American president…

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Today in Southern History: Hurricane Katrina

Today in Southern History: Hurricane Katrina

29 August 2005   On this date in 2005… After causing heavy damage in Southern Florida, Hurricane Katrinamade its second landfall on the Gulf Coast as a category 3 hurricane. Katrina left a swath of devastation from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. The rainfall and storm surge overloaded the pumping stations in New Orleans and breached the…

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Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

29 August 2005   On this date in 2005… After causing heavy damage in Southern Florida, Hurricane Katrinamade its second landfall on the Gulf Coast as a category 3 hurricane. Katrina left a swath of devastation from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. The rainfall and storm surge overloaded the pumping stations in New Orleans and breached the…

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Abbeville Institute

Abbeville Institute

A review of Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, The Life of Luther Martin, by Bill Kauffman, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008 “Happiness is preferable to the Splendour of a national Government”  Luther Martin to the Constitutional Convention, June 28, 1787, Kauffman at 41 This book takes no prisoners. Nor does it gloss the favored actors. It sides…

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About Those Slaves In The North–?

About Those Slaves In The North–?

by Al Benson Jr. We’ve been watching with bated breath for months now as those charming people in Antifa and Black Lives Matter have continued their Leftist crusade to smash and destroy all statues and monuments commemorating anyone in the South that might have been a slave owner–all the way back to George Washington and…

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Today in Southern History: Comrades of the Southern Cross

Today in Southern History: Comrades of the Southern Cross

28 August 1863   On this date in 1863… Generals Patrick Cleburne and Leonidas Polk organized the Comrades of the Southern Cross as a fraternal and benevolent order in the Army of Tennessee. The organization was loosely patterned after Freemasonry of which Cleburne was a member and designed to boost morale and help discipline in the Army….

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Comrades of the Southern Cross

Comrades of the Southern Cross

28 August 1863   On this date in 1863… Generals Patrick Cleburne and Leonidas Polk organized the Comrades of the Southern Cross as a fraternal and benevolent order in the Army of Tennessee. The organization was loosely patterned after Freemasonry of which Cleburne was a member and designed to boost morale and help discipline in the Army….

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