In this episode we talk to Michael Cushman author of Our Southern Nation a book about the Iberian and Mediterranean origins of the Southern United States. We learn that the South had more in common with Spanish America and Southern Europe than with Anglo Northern Europe, despite the genetic stock of the population being almost completely Anglo. We discuss the plantation economy, how slavery wasn’t actually bad and how the South tried to annex several Spanish territories through filibusters and people like Narciso Lopez, a Venezuelan that tried to take over Cuba on behalf of the South. Michael also lived in Spain so he shares some anecdotes of his experience with the Carlists and the Falange.
Recently, I wrote an article about the necessity of maintaining explicit Christianity in Southern Nationalism. This raises some questions about an institution that is integral to Christianity, the Church. Over the next few weeks, I will explore some practical and theological issues that pertain to the relationship between the Church and Southern Nationalism, and how Christianity and the Church can be reclaimed.