As with any political ideology, culture, and history, one should familiarize themselves with a movement’s written works to have a better understanding of what they believe and where they come from. I have compiled a list of books that are a must read for any Southern Nationalist; whether they’re a seasoned veteran or green as a clover in the morning dew.
1. The Grey Book: Blueprint for Southern Independence
by League Of The South
There’s no better place to start than the organization that is at the forefront of Southern Nationalism. The Grey Book is the first edition of the League’s philosophy and the blueprint for establishing a Confederation of Southern States. While this is a work in progress, it’s purpose is to convince the reader that the US government is beyond reform and give way to the thought of what a better government would be. It also aims to recruit more members and turn thought into action.
2. The Fire-Eaters
by Eric H. Walther
Before the ardent secessionists of League Of The South, there were the Fire-Eaters. In his book, Walther digs deep and analyzes the backgrounds, personalities, and contributions for separation from each of these men while showing that secession was not a straightforward ideology but a movement that grew in strength as a response to many regional problems, needs, and aspirations.
3. Sociology for the South: Or the Failure of Free Society
by George Fitzhugh
Like a fine-toothed comb, Fitzhugh picks apart the failings of a free society as it takes its toll on the South. Criticizing everything from free trade and socialism to marriage and morals, Fitzhugh makes you challenge your preconceived notions that free society and modernity gifted to you.
I’ll Take My Stand is a manifesto of essays by twelve Southerners, some of whom later became leading poets, novelists, and literary critics. This cultural document, first published in 1930, defended Southern Agrarianism, conservatism, and religiosity in an increasingly mechanized and dehumanized society. It is the quintessential book for those who want to Crush The Urbanite.
5. Cannibals All! Or, Slaves Without Masters
by George Fitzhugh
Fitzhugh appears on this list again with his follow-up to Sociology of the South. Cannibals All! is a further critique of the wage-slavery, exploitation, and inequality that comes with Capitalism and a defense of universal slavery.
6. A Legion of Devils: Sherman in South Carolina
by Karen Stokes
Full of first hand accounts ranging from diary entries to Senator Cole L. Blease’s speech in the United States Senate, this book is a must-read for every Southerner. It is necessary to understand what was done to our people, cities, and our Nation during the War of Northern Aggression. A Legion of Devils focuses on Sherman’s March to the Sea after leaving Savannah and heading to Columbia, South Carolina and the destruction he left in his wake.
7. Maryland, my Maryland: The Cultural Cleansing of a Small Southern State
by Joyce Bennett
Unknown to many, Maryland was once a Southern state. It was founded as a plantation colony like Virginia and was also culturally similar, but this was done away with after the war. Speech, cuisine, and traditions were swept away by Northern newcomers who turned it into a part of their rootless metropolis. Maryland, my Maryland is a must-read so that Southerners will never forget what was taken from them.
Dabney tears down abolitionist myths and confronts Northern prejudices while firmly grounding his arguments in Scripture and history in his defense of Virginia, and through her, the South.
Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne
Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda
Bust Hell Wide Open: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest by Samuel W. Mitcham
The Devil Knows How To Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and his Confederate Raiders by Edward E. Leslie
Stonewall of the West: Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War by Craig L. Symonds
Robert Lewis Dabney: A Southern Presbyterian Life by Sean Michael Lucas
This is an incomplete list that will be updated in time but this is a good starting point for any Southern Nationalist.