The following review was posted on RevisedHistory, 13 August 2017:
Segregation Was Not Southern Racism–It Was Federal Policy
by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
I have just received an informative little book that deals with a lot of material folks will never see in their “history” books, but need to be aware of, especially here in the South. This book was written by John Chodes of New York City and published by Shotwell Publishing http://www.ShotwellPublishing.com in Columbia, South Carolina.
The title of the book is Segregation Federal Policy or Racism? And Mr. Chodes explains why it was federal policy instead of Southern racism. He starts out by dealing with a subject I have written about on and off for years, but which most people simply fail to grasp–that “reconstruction” did not end in the South after the Yankee/Marxist troops departed–it just continued under other names and it continues right down to our day. The current riots in Charlottesville, Virginia are a prime example of how “reconstruction” continues to work in our day.
Chodes notes on page x of his introduction that: “Northerners attempted to recast every opinion opposed to the North’s myths, to impose Northern ways upon the Southern people, to…write error across the pages of Southern history which were out of keeping with the Northern legend…” Here he quoted Frank L. Owsley, who had noted all this decades ago. And referring to this, Chodes stated: “This new history erased the fact that segregation is not the result of Southern racism. It is the result of federal policy from 1865 to 1900 to divide the white and black races and to promote discord and hatred for political advantage.” In this vein, he begins to conclude his book with this statement: “Uncle Sam has come full circle. He created segregation by fraud, force, and violence, then blamed Southerners for those deeds. Now he employs busing, gerrymandering of election districts, the police, the national guard, the courts, confiscation, and the threat of incarceration to achieve a coercive, integrated, egalitarian society through an arbitrary ratio of blacks to whites. This is totally in keeping with the utopian dream of the Radical Republican carpetbaggers and congressmen.” And in between these two points he says an awful lot in a short 73 pages that it will take a couple of articles for me to even hit all the high points.
Mr. Chodes notes how the antebellum society of the South before the War of Northern Aggression was an integrated society, especially on the plantations, but other places as well. For Southern society to function back then there had to be a fair amount of integration because there was a mutual dependence of both races on the other. After the Confederacy was defeated (but never officially surrendered) all of this changed. “Reconstruction” changed all this “…by the bayonet, into mutual suspicion and loathing, separation and violence. A great mental and physical chasm opened up between the races.” That was not by accident. He goes into the fact that, in the Johnson administration, segregation began under “congressional reconstruction.” He wrote that: “In many respects, the Reconstruction-era policy of divide and conquer is still maintained today but in a subtler form.” Only with some of what is going on today with the planned destruction of Southern culture, it is getting much less subtle and much more overt.
Chodes notes the integrated makeup of Southern armies. He observes: “Contrary to politically correct history, the Confederacy used blacks, slave and free, as troops long before the North did. Slaves were integrated with white troops into Southern armies,” and although Mr. Chodes didn’t mention it, they got the same pay, when they got paid, as white troops did. In the Northern armies they got less.
The 14th and 15th Amendments come in for “honorable” mention by Chodes, where he notes that “Both these amendments drove a tremendous antagonistic wedge between the races. They were not intended to create equality between blacks and whites, they were to put the bottom rail on top and perpetuate constant discord, violence, and political submission of the rebels to the freedmen. These Constitutional amendments were acts of revenge and their effects are still felt today.”
It has been a while since our last Blog post, but there ain't no reason to worry ‘bout us slowin’ down.
We’ve been busy russlin’ up some fine material, including the book we are officially releasing today:
Segregation: Federal Policy or Racism?
by John Chodes.
You may remember a book we published by Mr. Chodes when we were first starting out entitled Washington’s KKK: The Union League During Southern Reconstruction.
Both Chodes's books are slim volumes, but are packed with information that should be well known, but “for some reason” ain’t.
We realize that this is a delicate topic, gentle reader, but we must be bold when confronting the issues that continue to affect us today.
Understanding the origins of institutional segregation can go a long way in helping us treat its lingering effects. If we are mistaken regarding the cause, we are far less likely to find the cure. This should be neither controversial or divisive.
Here's a brief description of Chodes's new book:
MOST PEOPLE KNOW something of Jim Crow and the segregated South — even if only from melodramatic television and cinematic depictions. Few, however, know how it came into being. The antebellum South was not racially segregated.
It was a race-conscious society to be sure, but it was not segregated. How did this post-war social arrangement come into being? Was it a spontaneous codification of Southern racism or can its origins be found elsewhere?
In SEGREGATION, New York playwright and historian John Chodes makes the case that segregation was imported from and imposed on the South by the conquering North before it was adopted and institutionalised by the South.
If Chodes is correct, there is much more to the segregation story than the “virtuous North” against the “recalcitrant South” narrative that is at the root of the ongoing demonization of Dixie and the war on her flags and monuments.
Such insight could go a long way in providing new avenues of discussion to better diagnose and treat the social ills we continue to confront in contemporary America...
Print copies are now available at Amazon. To go directly to the book, please mash (“click”) HERE.
Electronic copies are available for a special price of 99¢ anywhere they are sold! (For a complete list of online retailers, mash HERE)
This price is good through the end of August. After that, it will list for $3.99-$4.99.
If you buy it from our NEW ONLINE STORE you can get an ADDITIONAL 50% OFF.
This offer expires at the end of August. Here’s the link to the store and here’s the discount code: COLLARDS
You can use the same code to get a 50% discount on anything in our store.
We currently have 3 audiobooks (Lies My Teacher Told Me; Emancipation Hell, & The Yankee Problem) and 4 electronic books (From Jekyll to Hide; When the Yankees Come; Segregation, & Dismantling the Republic).
We are offering deep discounts because we are asking for any feedback on how the purchase process is working, especially if you encounter any problems.
The online store is a work in progress and we are adding products as time permits. Soon we will be selling some hard to find titles (not published by Shotwell) by some of our authors, including Clyde Wilson and James Kibler, as well as some signed copies of our own titles. Baby steps...
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In keeping with our goal of “proudly going where no redneck has gone before,” we are breaking new ground here at Shotwell by announcing our premiere Southern Mystery novel…
To Jekyll and Hide
by Martin L. Wilson
Here’s a description:
WINTER, 1942—THE U.S. HAS JUST ENTERED WORLD WAR II. Clarke Deveau, betrayed by his wife and dismissed in disgrace by the U.S. Justice Department, returns home to the little piece that is left of his family plantation near Jekyll Island on the Georgia Coast.
Taking on a case involving a questionable death by accident, he finds himself unwittingly drawn into a tangle of deception, murder, and treason—including a beautiful French refugee, killer horses, traitorous industrialists, Nazi and Communist agents, New Jersey thugs, and even a German U-Boat… READ MORE
We really think y’all are going to like this! The print edition is available at AMAZON and other major online retailers. (Kindle edition is free when book is purchased directly from Amazon via their Match Book program)
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Electronic or digital editions are available at Kindle and elsewhere on the web, but it can now be bought DIRECTLY from us at The Shotwell Shop. (Yep. We opened a store.) The link to your discounted direct digital download (try sayin' that a few times real fast...), is right HERE.
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We have opened shop here at Shotwell headquarters.
While there is still a lot to do, we do have a few very fine items for ddd (direct digital download).
We have 3 audiobooks available, one of which has not yet been "officially" released.
We also have 3 eBooks, one of which also has not yet been "officially" released.
That's 5 products, 2 of which are not officially released!
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Your tireless and ever vigilant friends at SHOTWELL are proud to present our 15th title!
DISMANTLING THE REPUBLIC
by Jerry C. Brewer.
The foreword of this hard-hitting book was written by Michael Andrew Grissom of SOUTHERN BY THE GRACE OF GOD fame.
This description that is extracted from Mr. Grissom's Foreword:
WHAT PASSES FOR AMERICAN HISTORY today, especially as it pertains to the type of government under which we are now constrained to live, is largely a collection of myths, fables, and legends, which have incrementally supplanted the truth until legend has become the new truth. Few people, for instance, realize that the republic which was founded in the last few years of the 18th century no longer exists.
In DISMANTLING THE REPUBLIC, Jerry Brewer strips away fancy and fiction to show us that the republic actually died in 1865. Lincoln spent four years trying to kill it, and it finally succumbed at Appomattox. What we have today has been in the making ever since. . . . we have arrived at a government that has metamorphosed into something that abuses citizens at home and destroys civilizations abroad. Whatever it is, it is not the republic our Revolutionary patriots gave us, nor what they envisioned.
We have to start over, and Dismantling the Republic tells us why.
DISMANTLING THE REPUBLIC is currently available at Amazon.com in both Paperback and Kindle formats.
The Kindle edition is free if the print edition is purchased on Amazon via the Matchbook program. [Note: Sometimes it takes a day or two for these editions to “link,” so please let us know if you encounter any problems.]
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Until next time, we remain
Yours in the cause,
--- The Shotwell Gang
If you have every been curious about Dr. Clyde Wilson's book, Annals of the Stupid Party: Republicans Before Trump, but were reluctant to buy, here's your chance to read it for FREE.
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To commemorate 152 anniversary of the Union atrocity committed at Columbia, South Carolina, on 17 FEBRUARY 1865, Shotwell Publishing is offering WHEN THE YANKEE COME as a FREE download through 20 February 2017.
You can choose from EPUB (Nook, etc.), MOBI (Kindle), and/or PDF formats.
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In the video below, artist Jack Kershaw discusses the Burning of Columbia his painting of the event swirling in the background and some really far out jazz!
Refreshing Non PC Garbage, As Only Clyde Wilson Can
I have listened to Dr. Wilson enough times, I could hear his voice as I read this work. He is one of my heroes as he teaches on American History, not what is taught in the established educational (?) spouts normally called “Schools, Colleges, Universities …”
is today, you will gain much understanding from this book. And, you will not get these truths from most other sources since it offers a lot of facts, logical thought, and all with refreshing non PC garbage, as only Clyde Wilson can.
Published by Shotwell Publishing (… a No Nonsense, Unapologetic, Unreconstructed Publishing Company Specializing in Hard-Hitting Southern Books.) I personally plan to purchase each of their works as they become available...
READ FULL REVIEW HERE:
AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT THE “EXPERTS” THINK, especially when Southerners talk about the Wa-rah of Nor-thun Ag-gress-shun!
Anything that doesn’t fit the nationalist, “Glorious Union” narrative is labeled “Lost Cause” mythology—stuff Southerners just made-up after the war for less than honourable reasons.
Southerners, they believe, are particularly creative in their “myth-making” when it comes to General William T. Sherman and his march through Georgia and the Carolinas.
Thankfully we do not have to rely on these so-called “experts” to figure out what Sherman and his army were up to. We can go directly to the people who were there. They seem to be far less confused about what happened to them than these so-called “experts.”
Our latest release, adds to the growing number of these eye witness accounts that show, beyond any reasonable doubt, who the real myth-makers are:
A Legion of Devils: Sherman in South Carolina
By Karen Stokes
Here's a description...
THE WAR CRIMES committed by General William T. Sherman and his men against Southern civilians and their means of sustaining life are a huge stain on the American national character. Sherman’s crimes are routinely denied or minimized (by those who don’t actually celebrate them), although they are as heavily documented, from Northern as well as Southern sources, as any event in history. Sherman’s campaign through Georgia and South Carolina is even cited as a brilliant military feat. In fact, it was not a military feat at all. There was very little fighting. It was a massive campaign of terrorism against civilians. It violated international law and hypocritically deviated widely from officially-declared U.S. policy… READ MORE
It is currently available in Paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.com.
[Note: The Kindle edition is FREE if the print edition purchased on Amazon via the Matchbook program.]
You may also order a Paperback edition of this title from Amazon’s CreateSpace and receive a 33% Discount by using coupon code MLE3EZZX.
NOTE: This is the first part of the email that went our to our subscribers on 19 January 2017.
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Shotwell author Randall Ivey will be participating in a reading and book signing on January 26, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm at new USCU Bookstore at 311 E. Main Street in Union, SC.
Ivey will be reading from and then signing his new story collection A NEW ENGLAND ROMANCE AND OTHER SOUTHERN STORIES and his novel WHERE THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD.
There is no charge for the event. Books will be available at the USCU bookstore.
Y'all go see Randy if you can!
UPDATE: The Union Times has a very nice write-up on Randy & this upcoming event. To check it our, mash HERE.
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