Where does the future lie? Many Southern Nationalists ask themselves this question, but where does the answer exist? The answer can be found in the Deep South. Yes, that neglected, downtrodden region of the South holds the key to Dixie’s future. The purpose of this article is to shed light on how the Deep South has been neglected throughout its history and to provide the case that the Deep South should receive more focus and attention from Southern Nationalists, in comparison to the Upper South and Texas, the two most largely focused areas.
The Upper South often finds itself in the position of being the focus of Southern politics, principally due to its centrality within American and Confederate history, as well as, its swathes of wealth concentration and tendency to produce high-born members of the population. Historically, it is the birthplace of America in the most literal sense. These traits put Virginia in a unique position during the War of Northern Aggression. Moving the Capital of the Confederacy to Richmond, Virginia was a grave strategic mistake that immediately gave the Confederacy a disadvantage.
This also shifted the focus away from the vital Lower South region, the same region that supported secession the most and was the first to secede, and placed it squarely on that of Virginia. With this shift in focus, much of the most valuable resources and leadership were given to the Army of Northern Virginia. The Army of Tennessee, whose purpose was to essentially keep the Union Army out of the Deep South, was heavily neglected as a result, often being given the most incompetent of leadership. This neglect would ultimately cause the Confederacy to fall. The poor leadership commanding the Army of Tennessee allowed Grant’s Army to invade the Lower South, capturing Vicksburg and destroying Atlanta, which ultimately broke the Confederacy’s back.
These same flaws also permeated during the Reconstruction Era and beyond, even to today. Tennessee was the last state to secede, while also being the first and only Southern state to willingly and legally pass the Reconstruction Amendments. The Upper South was quick to conform to the demands of the government during the end of the Civil Rights Era, unlike the Deep South, and has now managed to give in on just about every conceivable front, offering little to no resistance to the Left. Virginia nearly passed an inhumane abortion law akin to that of the one passed in New York, Tennessee’s GOP is totally neutered and North Carolina simply rolled over when young communists decided to topple Silent Sam. The Upper South is now little more than a colony of the North.
Unfortunately, the great Lone Star State of Texas is not blameless. While it contributed greatly to the Confederacy and was one of the few places the Union had difficulty trying to invade, it appears to currently be trying to dissociate itself from its Southern roots based largely on “Texas Pride.” Texas was founded by a coalition of Deep Southerners moving into East Texas, Appalachians moving into the Hill Country and parts of West Texas, and white-presenting Castizo Mexicans in the border region who flipped the bird to the Mexican government. Despite this founding myth of glory, Texas’ best days were that of a staunchly right-wing Southern state post-Reconstruction. Lamentably, many proud Texans and Texas Nationalists seek to distance themselves from the Confederacy and long for the days of the Republic of Texas.
They often choose to forget their roots as a glorious state of Dixie, their valiant service to the Confederacy, and the persecution and hardship they faced in East Texas, being the most “Southern” part of the state and the area with the highest population concentration at the time, during Reconstruction. Many of these Republic of Texas sentiments can be seen among supposed Southern Nationalists. The simple fact is that the Republic of Texas is not coming back. Texans need allies if they wish to secede; many in Dixie will follow them in secession if, and when, their already very large nationalist movement is successful. Many Texans, especially in the East, will predictably wish to reform a new Confederacy of sorts with the rest of Dixie. Splitting the state because of delusions of being a Lone Star once again would rob the state of necessary allies and cause a rift in the movement.
On to the Civil Rights movement, there is little to say about it. This is due in large part because Texas did little to resist it. They refused to back the Dixiecrats during 1948 because their politicians preferred winning elections, as opposed to challenging the Democratic status quo. Ultimately, their failure in not backing the Dixiecrats wouldn’t have ended their political careers. The states that voted for the Dixiecrats were the states whose governors endorsed the party. Little was done to resist integration in this state; there is a reason not many stories are heard about the violence or “racist” white resistance to having their way of life destroyed. Today, Texas is leading the way in Confederate monument removal, and its nationalists remain silent about it, preferring to focus all their attention on the Alamo.
Despite the critique laid out in regards to Texas, it is a unique case in comparison to the rest of the “peripheral” South. Texas has a large nationalist movement called the Texas Nationalist Movement, that, strangely, has managed to fly under the radar on a national level. Additionally, Texas’ eastern region is in the Deep South, giving it a strong Southern identity, an identity largely neglected by the nationalist movement there. Plus, the general populace is more likely to support secession or independence from the federal government than most other areas, even in Dixie. However, this does not negate the shortcomings of the state and its abandonment of its fellow Southerners during critical periods.
Throughout its history, the Deep South offered more resistance to the federal government and more implementation of the South’s way of life within its respective state governments. It was the first to secede, spearheading the secession movement every step of the way. Despite this, it was not the location that the Confederate government deemed necessary to have the capital. It suffered the most during and after Reconstruction due to the lack of wealth in the region, solidifying the strong sense of Southern identity in the area. It fought against the communistic Civil Rights movement the hardest and was largely the only area to do so. It was the only region to cast its lot for the Dixiecrat Party during the 1948 presidential election. All of the greatest Southern Statesmen, some of them Dixiecrats, came from this region: Ross Barnett, Theodore Bilbo, George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, Fielding Wright, Huey Long, and Eugene Talmadge to name a few.
Even to this day, the Deep South continues to produce the finest statesmen in the country. Men like Phil Bryant, Brian Kemp, and John Neely Kennedy are staunch, genuine conservatives that refuse to cuck on a number of issues. In fact, Governor Phil Bryant, after facing criticism due to the Mississippi Flag still featuring the Southern Cross, responded to his leftist critics by recognizing April as Confederate History Month in Mississippi. South Carolina lawmakers wrote a bill stating that the state would secede if the federal government ever decides to confiscate firearms; additionally, the South Carolina senate recently approved a bill to ban abortions under the pretext that unborn children are citizens under the law. There is quite a lot of potential among these politicians.
The Deep South receives little attention from its fellow Southerners and Southern Nationalists who aspire to save Dixie. The fatal flaw in this thinking is the lack of recognition that the Deep South holds Dixie’s future and held its future even during the days of the War of Northern Aggression. Lower Dixie received no unified aid during the days of the Dixiecrats or the Civil Rights movement from the rest of the region, being forced to act on its own and ultimately being unable to resist the government. The Deep South should be the focus of Southern Nationalists, as it should have been all this time. It provides the population with the staunchest sense of Southern identity, as well as, a large disposition for secession and the lowest number of carpetbagging transplants.
The people there have resisted the desires of the Yankee Empire harder and longer than everyone else and have suffered the most for it. Yet, it still receives the least attention from Southern Nationalists, the very people who need the support the Deep South. It is time to start viewing this part of Dixie with a little more necessity; it would be unwise to make the same mistakes the Confederate government and later Southern Democrats did. Do not put all of the emphasis and focus of the movement on the enemy’s strongest points, and do not fall prey to a delusion that prevents the movement from implementing a winnable strategy.