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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War (Politically Incorrect Guides) [Paperback]

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Pages   61
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 7.2" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 21, 2008
Publisher   Regnery Publishing
ISBN  1596985496  
EAN  9781596985490  

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Suggests that that the Confederate States of America had a strong constitutional case, and that modern ideas of this region and time period rely heavily on stereotypes and misinformation.

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Think you know the Civil War?
You don't know the full story until you read The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War
Bestselling author and former Conservative Book Club editor H. W. Crocker III offers a quick and lively study of America's own Iliad--the Civil War--in this provocative and entertaining addition to The Politically Incorrect GuideTM series.
In The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War Crocker profiles eminent--and colorful--military generals including the noble Lee, the controversial Sherman, the indefatigable Grant, the legendary Stonewall Jackson, and the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest. He also includes thought-provoking chapters such as "The Civil War in Sixteen Battles You Should Know" and the most devastatingly politically incorrect chapter of all, "What If the South Had Won?" Along the way, he reveals a huge number of little-known truths, including why Robert E. Lee had a higher regard for African Americans than Lincoln did; how, if there had been no Civil War, the South would have abolished slavery peaceably (as every other country in the Western Hemisphere did in the nineteenth century); and how the Confederate States of America might have helped the Allies win World War I sooner. Bet your history professor never told you:
* Leading Northern generals--like McClellan and Sherman--hated abolitionists
* Bombing people "back to the Stone Age" got its start with the Federal siege of Vicksburg
* General Sherman professed not to know which was "the greater evil": slavery or democracy
* Stonewall Jackson founded a Sunday school for slaves where he taught them how to read
* General James Longstreet fought the Battle of Sharpsburg in his carpet slippers
This is the Politically Incorrect GuideTM that every Civil War buff and Southern partisan--and everyone who is tired of liberal self-hatred that vilifies America's greatest heroes--must have on his bookshelf.

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Some inconvenient truths  Oct 31, 2008
Mr. Crocker goes straight to the point in Chapter One: following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the citizens of South Carolina, in voting to declare their state independent of the Union, believed that they were exercising their absolute right to self-determination as understood by the founders and expressed by Jefferson in the colonies' Declaration of Independence from England. The question facing them was: had they, having chosen union with the other former colonies following the war for independence, thereby lost their liberty? True, they had voluntarily ceded some prerogatives to a federal government, but those prerogatives remained their own, by God-given right, to reclaim. On December 10, 1860, South Carolinians reclaimed those prerogatives, setting a precedent which other states would soon follow. Between January 9 and February 1, 1861, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Lousiana and Texas all seceded and, before Lincoln was inaugurated, the Confederate States of America was a fait accompli.

It's generally accepted today that these southern states, in seceding from the Union, were rejecting democracy. Their citizens, however, believed that the democratic process had demonstrated quite clearly that North and South were politically and culturally incompatible. Insofar as the entire South had overwhelmingly rejected Lincoln (even Kentucky, which would choose not to secede, had given him less than 1% of its vote), secession was seen as an acknowledgement of democratic principles and of reality. South Carolinians in particular had long felt bullied by northern states (especially Massachusetts) and many had for more than three decades dreamt of separation. Following the election, it would have been impossible in Charleston to have ignored the enthusiasm for a second declaration of independence.

The four states which seceded later (Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee) did so only when pressed to take up arms against their fellow countrymen.

It would be a welcome thing if more Americans were aware of the wider range of issues over which the war was actually initiated. Certainly slavery had been the major point of contention between states for the entire life of the nation and especially during the election campaign, but the northern states pressuring President Lincoln during the first half of 1861 to "put down the rebellion" were more concerned about the possibility of the new southern nation's enactment of protective tariffs on its plantation-produced cotton and tobacco than about the welfare of slaves. They also fretted over the potential for a Southern/European alliance against them. What they did NOT do was trumpet the abolition of slavery as a war goal. Lincoln didn't issue the Emancipation Proclamation until after Antietam/Sharpsburg (September 17, 1862) and only thereafter was the practical possibility of the abolition of slavery openly discussed. For two years, Northern enlistees went to war principally to "preserve the Union" and to punish the Confederacy for its assault on Ft. Sumter - not to end slavery. Southern enlistees left their farms and towns not out of zeal to perpetuate slavery but rather out of pride and patriotism. They didn't want war, but felt honor-bound to defend their homelands and culture, their new confederation and their ideal of citizenship.

There's really not that much here which IS "politically incorrect". Chapters One, Two and Fifteen are most conspicuously so. Otherwise, this POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE is mostly a quick reference to prominent battles and generals. I suppose, though, it's un-PC to point out, as the author does, that Robert E. Lee freed his few slaves in 1862 after seeing to it that they were educated. Or that some Union generals were quite prejudiced. Or that Sherman wanted to kill or drive all southern whites out of the country and replace them with transplanted northerners and residents of the western territories. Or that Confederate officers were ordered by Lee to treat inhabitants of Maryland and Pennsylvania with respect. Or that there existed alternatives to war. Or that slavery would surely have ended soon anyway - with the South NOT completely destroyed, with better relations between the races, without extra-legal subversive organizations such as the KKK ever having come into being and with more than 600,000 American lives spared.

The book is simply and clearly written (a few typos, but so what) and is easy to read and understand. I recommend it and thank you for reading.
It's in Our Rebel Genes  Oct 21, 2008
"The Politically Incorrect Guide(TM) to the Civil War" serves to further reinforce the fact that the "South's" patriotic, moral, rebellious, determined and unceasing efforts to maintain/restore the ideals of our nation's founding fathers throughout history were genetically bequeathed from centuries-old Scots-Irish ancestry and transcended a corrupt kingdom and a democratic republic turned dictatorial.

From a historical perspective, for Southerners, it's simply in our genes. More specifically, it's in our rebellious or "rebel" gene; An independent rebel gene that crossed the Atlantic in rebellion against a lack of freedom.

A rebel gene that fought a war against the British Crown, rebelling for our right to secede from that overpowering government.

A rebel gene that led the rebellious argument, as evidenced by "The Federalist Papers", against the formation of a union of states (United States) for fear of eventually returning to the overbearing demands of a federal power from which we fought to escape.

A rebel gene that reluctantly agreed to the formation of a union, but only after rebelling for the promulgation of a protective constitution that would guarantee that any federal power would be limited to essentially a few basic tasks: provide for a common defense, promote and facilitate commerce between the states, etc.

A rebel gene that rebelled against the gradual creep of the feared overbearing federal power of this "United States" government in violation of the Constitution.

A rebel gene that rebelled and fought a war against an overpowering United States central government that denied our states the inalienable right to secede from an overbearing government.

A rebel gene that lost a war for the restoration of the rights of our individual states; a war that, sadly, set the stage for the encroaching federal monarchy (royalty) under which we approach today.

A rebel gene that gets up, brushes itself off and continues incessantly today, rebelling against those same creeping encroachments feared by our founding fathers that threaten freedom.

A rebel gene that despite setbacks has been our nation's salvation to date.

A rebel gene, the urge from which emanates the patriotic, moral and appropriate rebelliousness we witness today in these ever-expanding red states, as they continue to adamantly cast their votes of rebellion and slowly nudging the few remaining "blue-states" into the Atlantic and Pacific.

A rebel gene that guarantees that our democratic republic will continue to survive and flourish as our rebel founders intended.

Yes, we Rebels lost the Civil War "battle" but continue to win the "Rebel War" for those principles upon which our country was founded

It's jes in our genes!

Political Correctness be Damned  Oct 21, 2008
To the victor goes the spoils, and greatest of these is the right to compose the approved history.
That history has been taught to generations of schoolchildren, and embraced by biased, completely indoctrinated historians and educators.
Now, after 143 years, the facts regarding a government gone astray from the visions of the Founding Fathers, Taxation and Tariffs, Mr Lincoln's political objectives, and the South's decision to legally and constitutionally secede from unbearable tyranny finally see the light of day.
It is becoming more and more difficult for the indoctrinated to assert the simplistic explanation that "the Civil War was over slavery" as insurmountable evidence to the contrary becomes available to the public. In fact, the War for Southern Independence was not a "civil war" at all (the South sought not control of a central government, but freedom from same, and the constitutional establishment of their own government).
The dreams of the Founding Fathers ended in 1865. States Rights and individual liberty - as well as the noble democratic experiment itself - were irreparably altered by the Northern "victory."
Southerners have known for generations that the Union victory was a defeat for all Americans. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War precisely why this is true.
This book should be used in every history class in the United States. Given time, the concept of the "civil war" being over slavery shall be as laughable as the long undisputed concept that the Earth was flat.
Deo Vindice.
The Story of the Civil War vividly written.  Oct 20, 2008

In his newest work, Harry Crocker makes history come alive. The Civil War has not often been taught well in schools, with the teaching model focused on dates, and not individuals. In "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War", as he did in his acclaimed book "Robert E. Lee on Leadership", Harry corrects this, making history entertaining, with humor and wonderful anecdotes. I cannot think of a better birthday or Christmas gift for any lover of history that this wonderful book.


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