Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction

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University of Texas Press, Dec 1, 2008 - Social Science - 338 pages

A century and a half after the conclusion of the Civil War, the legacy of the Confederate States of America continues to influence national politics in profound ways. Drawing on magazines such as Southern Partisan and publications from the secessionist organization League of the South, as well as DixieNet and additional newsletters and websites, Neo-Confederacy probes the veneer of this movement to reveal goals far more extensive than a mere celebration of ancestry.

Incorporating groundbreaking essays on the Neo-Confederacy movement, this eye-opening work encompasses such topics as literature and music; the ethnic and cultural claims of white, Anglo-Celtic southerners; gender and sexuality; the origins and development of the movement and its tenets; and ultimately its nationalization into a far-reaching factor in reactionary conservative politics. The first book-length study of this powerful sociological phenomenon, Neo-Confederacy raises crucial questions about the mainstreaming of an ideology that, founded on notions of white supremacy, has made curiously strong inroads throughout the realms of sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, and often "orthodox" Christian populations that would otherwise have no affiliation with the regionality or heritage traditionally associated with Confederate history.

 

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Contents

NeoConfederacy and Its Conservative Ancestry
23
Gender Sexuality and NeoConfederacy
76
NeoConfederacy and the Understanding of Race
131
NeoConfederacy and Education
202
Literature and NeoConfederacy
226
NeoConfederacy in Music
253
Nationalizing NeoConfederacy?
309
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Euan Hague is Assistant Professor of Geography at DePaul University in Chicago.

Edward H. Sebesta, an independent scholar based in Dallas, has published previous peer-reviewed studies of the Neo-Confederacy movement.

Heidi Beirich is Director of Research and Special Projects for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks the activities of hate groups. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

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