During the War for Southern Independence the federal government of the United States instituted policies of war unheard of in that time. Southern civilians and their means of livelihood and survival were targeted for destruction. Vast areas of croplands were purposefully flooded, fields were burned, livestock butchered and left to rot. Homes, barns and other personal property were burned. What was not destroyed was stolen and carried North or used to supply the army of the U.S. government. The crimes against the Southern people and their property are numerous and fortunately, well documented.
After the War, the South was reduced from a land of plenty to a land of dependency. What the War had left behind, 13 years of reconstruction finished off.
Despite cries from the ignorant that The War was fought over slavery the truth is it was fought for economic, political and cultural independence. That independence has not been won yet.
The recent high food prices, gas prices along, with the rioting we are witnessing in other countries is only the beginning of the struggle we all are soon to face. Step back and take a look at the real picture.
The 1960 United States census showed that even 100 years later after The War not a single Southern state appeared in the top fifty percent of per capita income. The 1980 census showed us that the South was still the poorest part of the country with a poverty rate 20% higher than the rest of the nation as a whole. 41% of all Americans living below poverty level live in the South. All the states with the lowest poverty rates were in the North. The 1990 census showed that the average worker in the South will make 20% – 30% less than a Northern worker for doing the exact same job! According to the Congressional Quarterly, the South is more populous and out-produces every other region of the U.S. but we are forced to do this for less pay than the rest of the nation. Those unfortunate Southerners who find themselves receiving welfare will find their payments to be 47% lower than in other states. 140 years after The War, the South still has not recovered its economic status.
This blog was created is to help remind the Southern people that there is a way out of the bondage we have been held in for over 140 years now.That the South can be independent, sustainable and economically stable without having to rely on Northern, Asian, Chinese or any other countries goods.
Rudyard Kipling wrote:
Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,
Our love where we spent our toil,
And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,
We pledge to our native soil.
God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each one spot should prove
Beloved over all.