Would the Northern and Southern United States be better off making it official (again)
? Chuck Thompson thinks so 
This evening in Charleston, SC, a Secession Ball! When they don their "period formal
" hoop skirts tonight some ladies may rue the fact that have no slaves to pull their corsets tight. The ladies and their escorts, many of whom are members
of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
who would like us to believe that the Civil War was not about slavery. The NAACP
, and others
disagree. The NAACP has organized a peaceful protest
Secretive Scholars of the Old South.
The Abbeville Institute
is a scholarly society that seeks to promote a "distinctly Southern interpretation of American history and identity ... a valuable intellectual and spiritual resource for exposing and correcting the errors of American modernity." Founded in 2003 by Donald Livingston
, philosophy professor at Emory University, the Institute will hold its 8th annual conference, "State Nullification, Secession, and the Human Scale of Political Order"
Mere days after asserting his state's "sovereignty"
from an "oppressive" Federal government, Governor Rick Perry stands before an angry crowd at Austin City Hall and announces that Texas may once again secede from the Union. "There's a lot of different scenarios
," Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot." [more inside]
The Union is Dissolved!
Or, at least it will be, if these unusual allies
have their way. While waiting for the results of the Second North American Separatist Convention, you can read up on the separatist groups who attended the first convention last fall.
The other reparations movement.
According to this article, Jack Kershaw, of Memphis, Tennessee wants to file a lawsuit which seeks redress for grievances with the federal government for gross violation of international law during the War Between the States, especially during Sherman's March to the Sea (some call it a myth
). Kershaw is a board member
of the League of the South
, a non-racial
Southern secessionist movement located in Alabama). Can a small secession movement
which publishes a magazine called the Southern Patriot
and sports a Confederate flag everywhere be taken seriously by mainstream America? I personally don't think Kershaw has a snowball's chance in hell of winning such a suit, but the idea is interesting, especially if one is trying to trace the origins of America's practice of ignoring international law and just conduct in war, which seemed to start with the un-Civil War. What do you think?