I grew up eating a mixture of English and Swedish cooking thanks to my immigrant roots, but also what is now thought of today as 'Southern' or 'Soul' food. I recall when I was in university I had a friend from Chariton County, Missouri, the heart of 'Little Dixie', an enclave of 'Southrons' in the north central part of the State. We got so tired of the 'Yankee food' in the cafeteria that one day we went out and bought pork chops, black eyed peas, and mustard greens, made corn bread, and fixed ourselves a decent meal.
As I studied American history, I came to realise that the War of Northern Aggression, far from being a war to free the slaves, was a revolutionary movement to destroy the sovereignty of the States and establish an essentially unitary government whilst paying lip service to the federal principle on which the country was founded. It reminded me of the Early Roman Empire, the so-called 'Principate'. The Empire was essentially a monarchy ruled by the 'Princeps Senatus', sometimes called the 'Princeps Civitatis', meaning, respectively, 'the first amongst the Senate', and 'first amongst the citizens'. . The Senate still sat, and the trappings of the Republic were preserved, though the Republic was effectively dead.
I later became involved with the League of the South when it was still basically a cultural organisation designed to defend the culture of the South, but I distanced myself from them as they moved closer to white nationalism and what is now called the alt-right. To this day, I still proudly call myself an unreconstructed Confederate. I reject the term neo-Confederate, because that is the term usually used for white nationalists and Southerners who identify with the alt-right.
The following essay is by Clyde Wilson, one of the founders of the Southern League who has taken the same path as I have in distancing himself from them.
From the Abbeville Institute