PUNISHED WITH POVERTY
The Suffering South – Prosperity to Poverty & the Continuing Struggle
By James Ronald and Walter Donald Kennedy (12/2016)
From the authors of the Southern classic The South was Right!, comes what Dr. Clyde N. Wilson has described as “one of the most important and original histories of the Southern people.”
The South was destined to be a prosperous land with a self-governing people and its own culture. Instead, it is the most impoverished and powerless part of the U.S. From the beginning of the U.S. government in 1789, most egregiously in the calculated and malicious destruction by the invader during 1861-1865 and the looting of Reconstruction, and by government action ever since, Southerners, both black and white, have been the poorest and most abused Americans. The over-arching theme of Southern history is not Race, as is conventionally stated, but Poverty—poverty not due to the South’s shortcomings but imposed on them by the system under which they live.
The Civil War did not end slavery but it did put over 8 million black & white Southerners into the bondage of poverty. The people of the South were intentionally reduced from the wealthiest in the nation to the poorest people in the Union.
The Kennedy Twins' important history, however, is only a prelude to what they have to say about the present and the future of the Southern people, in every way distinct enough to be self-governing. Southerners, they maintain, must right now get over their good-natured allegiance to an Empire which holds their well-being and culture in contempt. They must understand their true situation and take steps, beyond routine political party activities, to restore a government recognizing the rights of State nullification and secession. Our Southern ancestors knew that these were the only real defense of liberty and self-government.
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