Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction

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Euan Hague, Heidi Beirich, Edward H. Sebesta
University of Texas Press, Sep 15, 2009 - Social Science - 354 pages

A century and a half after the conclusion of the Civil War, the legacy of the Confederate States of America continues to influence national politics in profound ways. Drawing on magazines such as Southern Partisan and publications from the secessionist organization League of the South, as well as DixieNet and additional newsletters and websites, Neo-Confederacy probes the veneer of this movement to reveal goals far more extensive than a mere celebration of ancestry.

Incorporating groundbreaking essays on the Neo-Confederacy movement, this eye-opening work encompasses such topics as literature and music; the ethnic and cultural claims of white, Anglo-Celtic southerners; gender and sexuality; the origins and development of the movement and its tenets; and ultimately its nationalization into a far-reaching factor in reactionary conservative politics. The first book-length study of this powerful sociological phenomenon, Neo-Confederacy raises crucial questions about the mainstreaming of an ideology that, founded on notions of white supremacy, has made curiously strong inroads throughout the realms of sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, and often "orthodox" Christian populations that would otherwise have no affiliation with the regionality or heritage traditionally associated with Confederate history.

 

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Contents

NeoConfederacy and the New Dixie Manifesto Euan Hague Edward H Sebesta and Heidi Beirich
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PART I THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEOCONFEDERACY AND ITS TENETS
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CHAPTER 1 NeoConfederacy and Its Conservative Ancestry Euan Hague and Edward H Sebesta
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NeoConfederacy Christian Nationalism and Theology Edward H Sebesta and Euan Hague
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CHAPTER 3 Gender Sexuality and NeoConfederacy Heidi Beirich and Kevin Hicks
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A White AngloCeltic Southern People Euan Hague and Edward H Sebesta
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CHAPTER 5 NeoConfederacy and the Understanding of Race Euan Hague and Edward H Sebesta
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PART II PRACTICING NEOCONFEDERACY
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CHAPTER 7 NeoConfederacy and Education Euan Hague
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CHAPTER 8 Literature and NeoConfederacy Kevin Hicks
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NeoConfederacy in Music Jon Bohland and Brian Tongier
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A Return to White Supremacy in the Early TwentyFirst Century? Heidi Beirich
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Nationalizing NeoConfederacy? Euan Hague and Edward H Sebesta
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Contributors
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Index
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Copyright

The Confederate Battle Flag and NeoConfederacy Gerald R Webster and Jonathan I Leib
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About the author (2009)

Euan Hague is Assistant Professor of Geography at DePaul University in Chicago.

Heidi Beirich is Director of Research and Special Projects for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks the activities of hate groups. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

Edward H. Sebesta, an independent scholar based in Dallas, has published previous peer-reviewed studies of the Neo-Confederacy movement.

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