Half-truth: Lincoln and the North didn't fight the war over slavery. Reality: the existing Tariff of 1857, one of the lowest in US history, was written by Virginian (and later Confederate Secretary of State and Senator) Robert M.T. Hunter. Also, Louisiana sugar producers wanted protectionist tariffs (Johnson would be apoplectic at this idea, seeing as how he is a devotee of Mr Austrian School Lite himself, the execrable Thomas DiLorenzo). Read this book if you want unsourced quotes devoid of context, either meta- or literal.
"I refuse to go along with the expunging of that memory, heritage, and pride, and I hope the readers of this book, Northern and Southern, will rise up and join me in protesting those who are trying to do it."
Besides food, sports, patriotism (Southerners historically contribute a lot to our military and still do), the part that interests me the most in the book is the topic of history. I think this book and other literature I have read demonstrate that the North wasnt necessarily going to war to free the slaves as our popular narrative likes to tell it. One should also point out that the Norths treatment of those in their industry wasnt necessarily better than the South with their slaves and at times could be worst than those in the South with their Patriarchal ways (observing this is not to condone it). The book discusses Jews and blacks in the Confederate army. The book also talks about the Norths atrocities against blacks as well by the Northern Army. The author also discussed the horrific ways the North fought against the South and how the North introduced total warfare by attacking civilians and the land rather than just the Southern Army.
Well that is unfortunate because this is a book that should be read by all that wish to understand the South and those with real Southern roots. Johnson begins the book with an apropos quote, the famous one from Faulkner about the past not being dead in the South.
I read this book (and the P.I.G. to the South) for a project I was doing for my English class back in my last year of school. This book, the guide to the south, finally explained some things to me that I'd been wondering about for a really long time.
This is just a fun book. If you want to learn the truth about the North and the South this is a great book to read!!!
Those who don't like America, specially within America, specifically mean they don't like the South.
I recommend this book for people not from The South; it is an eye opening experience and the author gives book recommendations for further reading. It is a fairly easy read and the author has a flare about him that is reminiscent of a Southerner.
After writing about the American Civil War for 13 books, Clint chose another field of history: Naval History.