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Our Southern Nation: Its Origin and Future

Our Southern Nation: Its Origin and Future
By Michael O. Cushman

Our Southern Nation: Its Origin and Future explores the place of the Southern people in their broader civilisational context from the perspective of the Southern nationalist tradition itself. It interprets from a pro-Southern perspective the best of present academic scholarship documenting the spread of classical civilisational patterns through an intercontinental network across the South Atlantic and into North America and tells the story of the appearance in the American South of the upper-most arm of a multinational plantation-based society centred around the West Indies and stretching southward to Brazil. Our Southern Nation looks deeply at the question of how these roots outside of the Anglo-American tradition produced a unique nation in that portion of North America known as ‘Dixie’, and the fundamental connections between these non-American origins and the distinctive cultural, religious and political traits that have become a part of what makes Southerners a particular people in the ethnic sense. It further examines how international cultural connections accompanied with one-time prevailing sentiments regarding Southern identity led to the vision of the centrality of a West Indies-based societal sphere in the vision of ‘The Golden Circle’ within Southern politics during the nineteenth century. In conclusion, it presents a picture of how through embracing its own classical inheritance and political visions which have been passed down within the Southern tradition, contemporary Southern nationalism is poised to move the Southern people to an entirely different place in relation to the other nations of the world than the one it occupies now: Our Southern Nation contains a positive vision of a future in which the South is once again a free and thriving power in the Western world.

‘Michael Cushman in his concise yet penetrating work has provided the eagle eye view of the crisis present in many nations in the Western Hemisphere. He examines the rivalry between classical civilisation and modern civilisation and the disastrous consequences of the ascendancy of modernism and the defeat of the humane seigneurial civilisation found in the Golden Circle.’

‒ Harold R. Crews, Esq., attorney and pro-Southern activist

Our Southern Nation offers a comprehensive overview of a fascinating revisionist perspective on Southern nationalism. Cushman’s survey explains why the South still occupies the place of the perpetual ‘other’ in the minds of American progressives. Unlike the liberal capitalist society based in the North, the ante-bellum South was a ‘seigneurial’ civilisation based on hierarchy, racial distinction, agrarian values, the noble ideal and large plantations. It was one of many New World plantation societies like those in the Caribbean islands and Brazil. Known to Southerners as the ‘Golden Circle’, this Atlantic civilisation thrived for hundreds of years until overthrown by the egalitarian revolutions of the nineteenth century.

Cushman shows that ‘the Southern people are the remnants of a once expansive and prosperous civilisation that fought a bitter and protracted battle with the forces of Modernity in the Americas’. His work is important not just to Southerners but to other Anglo-Celtic peoples from England to Australasia struggling to maintain coherent national identities while remaining trapped within the vast multinational polity spawned by the permanent American revolution. Suffocated by the soul-destroying, mindless materialism of the American Empire, we are all Southerners now!’

‒ Professor Andrew Fraser, author of The WASP Question

x, 112 pages
American Anglican Press, October 2015
ISBN-10: 0-9963248-2-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-9963248-2-3

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