Southern Cultural and Intellectual History, Part I


The South has a rich cultural and intellectual heritage dating to the first English settlers in North America, and even earlier in the Southwest and in parts of Florida. This heritage has been relegated to "slavery," "racism," and "treason" by the modern academy. Most college or university courses spend an inordinate amount of time analyzing Southern slavery and little time on the actors that made the South an important and unique--and for a time the dominant--region in American society.

This course surveys the development of Southern culture from the first English settlers in Virginia through the American War for Independence and ratification of the United States Constitution. As Virginia was at one time all of North America, the Old Dominion is a focal point for Southern history during this period. Its history was English American history. The Southern political tradition was also born during this period, and it's easy to see why the South maintained her resistance to constitutional machinations from Northern reformers when studying the speeches and documents of the Southern founding. Liberty was always the direct end of Southern government.

You cannot understand American history without understanding the South. This course begins our journey.

Your Instructor


Brion McClanahan holds a Ph.D in American History from the University of South Carolina. He is the author or co-author of six books, including the #1 Amazon best selling 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America.

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