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The hope for this website is to be a reliable and useful information source for those who want to know more about the South and our history. The South was a sort of colony for Northerners who wanted to sell commercial goods and a tax base on exports to Europe for the national government in the mid 1800's. So, the national government made money from direct taxation of the Southern States and another tax on exports European nations. Sweet deal for the North. When Lincoln raised the tarriff rate on exports to Europe from 26 % to 45%, the South decided to pull out. Since secession was a legal option the Senators and Representatives took their time leaving. If not the troops stationed on Southern Territory at Ft. Sumpter, Lincoln would have found another way to permit armed assault to regain control. The Northern States grew fat on the slave trade, then tried to claim moral high ground after import every single one of the black slaves from Africa to North American and selling them down South, keeping a few to help build New York and other Norhtern cities. This has been kept from public knowledge all this time. The time is coming to set the record straight.
White slaves from Ireland and laws against the slave trade finally forced the North to give up slave trading. White slaves were so cheap, they were considered by many slave owners to be expendable. This included little children. These were people victimized by the 'potato famine' in Ireland. Many people do not know there was never a slaver chartered out of Charleston, Mobile or New Orleans: they were all Northern from NYC or Massachusetts. The South never fought for control of the national government which as some of you know is the central fact in a 'civil war.' So, ours was an uncivil war where we fought for our homeland, hearth and families. Of the 20 million black slaves imported to the new world - North and South America along with the Carribean, 1/2 a million went to Northern and Southern states. Why isn't this know? I used to think the North and South hated each other and during the War they probably did. But North and South were fooled into a war that made the South poorer and the North richer with 300,000 dead on both sides for a total of 600,000. So, I guess really, we both lost the War between the States.
Heritage TV as a PBS show stopped happening in 2007. We will keep focused on Southern Heritage Issues and publish some of the information that goes out to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Email suggestions to me at my address if you want to include a viewpoint or get across an idea. Read on...
Bo Sewell 2010
Shhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone from the north about this!! This was written by Robert St. John, executive chef and owner of the Purple Parrot Cafe, Crescent City Grill and Mahogany Bar of Hattiesburg , MS .
Thirty years ago I visited my first cousin in Virginia . While hanging out with his friend, the discussion turned to popular movies of the day. When I offered my two-cents on the authenticity and social relevance of the movie Billy Jack, one of the boys asked, in all seriousness; 'Do you guys have movie theaters down there?' To which I replied, 'Yep. We wear shoes too.'
Just three years ago, my wife and I were attending a food and wine seminar in Aspen , Colo. We were seated with two couples from Las Vegas . One of the Glitter Gulch gals was amused and downright rude when I described our restaurant as a fine-dining restaurant. 'Mississippi doesn't have fine-dining restaurants!' she insisted and nudged her companion. I fought back the strong desire to mention that she lived in the land that invented the 99-cent breakfast buffet.
I wanted badly to defend my state, my region, and my restaurant with a 15-minute soliloquy and public relations rant that would surely change her mind. It was at that precise moment that I was hit with a blinding jolt of enlightenment, and in a moment of complete and absolute clarity it dawned on me -- my South is the best-kept secret in the country. Why would I try to win this woman over? She might move down here.
I am always amused by Hollywood 's interpretation of the South. We are still, on occasion, depicted as a collective group of sweaty, stupid, backwards-minded, racist rednecks. The South of movies and TV, the Hollywood South, is not my South.
This is my South:
My South is full of honest, hardworking people. My South is the birthplace of blues and jazz, and rock n' roll. It has banjo pickers and fiddle players, but it also has BB King, Muddy Waters, the Allman Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Elvis.
My South is hot. My South smells of newly mowed grass. My South was kick the can, creek swimming, cane-pole fishing and bird hunting.
In my South, football is king, and the Southeastern Conference is the kingdom.
My South is home to the most beautiful women on the planet.
In my South, soul food and country cooking are the same thing.
My South is full of fig preserves, cornbread, butter beans, fried chicken, grits and catfish.
In my South, our transistor radios introduced us to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at the same time they were introduced to the rest of the country.
In my South, grandmothers cook a big lunch every Sunday, so big that we call it dinner (supper comes later).
In my South, family matters, deeply.
My South is boiled shrimp, blackberry cobbler, peach ice cream, banana pudding and oatmeal cream pies.
In my South people put peanuts in bottles of Coca-Cola and hot sauce on almost everything.
In my South the tea is iced and almost as sweet as the women. My South has air-conditioning.
My South is camellias, azaleas, wisteria and hydrangeas.
In my South, the only person that has to sit on the back of the bus is the last person that got on the bus.
In my South, people still say 'Yes, ma'am,' 'No ma'am,' 'Please' and 'Thank you.'
In my South, we all wear shoes....most of the time.
My South is the best-kept secret in the country.
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Georgia Civil War History Trails
Gosh! Wouldn't it be great if we had a system of trails tracing historical sites throughout our great State of Georgia? From Dalton south all through Georgia to Savannah. Think how happy local governments will be when they find out about the dramatic increase of tourist dollars. Think about how it will impact travelers to our great State, school students and international visitors! Well, guess what: it is happening. Go to www.gcwht.org to get the complete story! Fine folks!
GCWHT has begun erecting hundreds of colorful highway directional signs, and nearly 100 new interpretive markers, at historic locations stretching from the northwest Georgia mountains, through metropolitan Atlanta, and on to Georgia's Atlantic Coast. We invite you to drive Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, and to visit many of the places where history was made. For if you look or listen long enough, you might hear a distant Rebel Yell, or glimpse Old Glory in the heat of battle.
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GEORGIA STATE SIGNAL
I'll make my stand: passing down our southern heritage
Ashley Petty Staff Columnist
January 20, 2004
The foot of cultural genocide is stamping out our southern heritage. It is to the point where one cannot even wear a symbol of the South, such as the Stars and Bars (that’s the Confederate Flag for you Yankees) in public without raising a few eyebrows or being on the receiving end of a few rude, misinformed remarks.
Speaking of that beautiful flag, the only reason that we have lost her as our state flag is that the Yankees are still trying to oppress the South. They wouldn’t even be down here if it weren’t for air conditioning, as they are cold-blooded. We have lost our flag because too many Yankees have moved here and are breeding their lies, many of them unintentionally, and there are too many spineless politicians willing to sell out our heritage, for money and votes. The War for Southern Independence was about states rights, not about slavery.
Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “History is lies agreed upon.” In no instance is this truer than in the case of the War for Southern Independence, or the “Civil War” if you’re a Yankee. The only reason they call it the “Civil War” is to try to console themselves so they won’t feel so guilty for their many crimes against the Southern people.
For instance, as Timothy Jason Garner noted, the North loved to burn everything, General Lee just attacked military targets. Then they try to turn it into something it never was – a racial issue.
It is a well-known fact that to the victor go the spoils. President Jefferson Davis anticipated that if the South lost the war, the North would write the history. He knew that the Yankee aggressors would attempt to stamp out the truth and forever erase from the minds of future generations the true and righteous reasons for the South’s call for independence. Sadly, his predictions have become reality.
The war was never about slavery, but to this day people blame southerners for America’s past imperfections. Lincoln turned it into a slavery issue when he was running for reelection because he wanted to deter other nations from supporting the South.
One doesn’t have to look too far to find proof that Lincoln was, in reality, guilty of holding white supremacist ideas and believing in a system of apartheid. Also, most people don’t realize that Lincoln was America’s only President to ever order a mass execution.
By claiming that the South fought solely to preserve slavery, the victors have designated vice to the South and virtue to the North. And this has, in turn, caused many oblivious southerners to unquestioningly accept their assigned seat on the “stool of everlasting repentance.”
You can call a cow a horse, but that doesn’t make it one. It has been estimated that only 20 to 30 percent of Southerners even owned slaves. Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but it’s hard for me to believe that a whole nation would enter into a war when they knew that they were numerically and industrially inferior in order to allow a few rich men to keep their slaves, knowing that the slave property of the South would eventually have to be given up no matter the outcome of the war.
But who needs common sense when we have political correctness these days?
What the South did fight for, and what that flag stands for, is freedom. Just like in the American Revolution, my forefathers fought for their rights and independence. Just like Patrick Henry, they made their stand and said, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
And just like them, I will stand up for what is right and true in this world, and not be ashamed of my heritage or what I believe in.
- from Georgia State Signal, January 20, 2004
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