Quigley Paul

in Shifting Grounds

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735488
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918584 | DOI:

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Before1860, southern nationalists such as William L. Yancey, Robert Barnwell Rhett, and William Gilmore Simms forged a separatist movement that was based on the desire to preserve slavery. However, they expanded upon this simple material calculus to develop a broader argument for southern nationalism. Inspired by transatlantic thought, they made romantic appeals to a distinctive southern identity based on specificities of place and culture. Inspired by American ideals, they contended that only southern independence could rescue the true legacy of the American Revolution and purify the true spirit of American nationalism. The radicals shared an acute frustration at the South’s apparent victimization at the hands of an oppressive North.

Keywords: Southern nationalists; William L. Yancey; Robert Barnwell Rhett; William Gilmore Simms; slavery; transatlantic; American Revolution; nationalism

Chapter.  14352 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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