Appeared in Fall 1992, Vol. XVIII, No. 3
Over one hundred thirty years ago the southern states seceded from the federal union. The two major sections of the nation came to the realization that a co-existence which had become laborious and conflictive was an impossible task. Two contradictory way of being could not flourish under one flag. The United States, with the destruction of the Confederacy, lost a vigorous and gifted people as well as a rich source of autochtonous culture. Today’s tarted-up South is barely a shadow of the Confederacy which, after the military debacle, expired from anemia when, to use Mencken’s apposite phrase, it ceased to be fertilized from above.
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