Pernicious: The Neo-Confederate Campaign against Social Justice in America

Submitted by WUSAMaster on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 19:30

"The neo-Confederate movement is an ongoing and growing threat to modern democratic life. This neo-reactionary movement uses the antebellum slave past as a blue print for an America which is opposed to democracy, public schools, equality and which supports a society of inequality in which there is subordination based on race, religion, gender, and class. It regards the Ku Klux Klan of Reconstruction as heroes and its ideology regarding violence is frightening. They hope to break up the United States and advocate secession.

In regards to religion the neo-Confederates denounce Unitarians, Muslims and praise and promote anti-Semitism. They are opposed to feminism. They see inequality as the natural order of things. They are hostile to Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and Trans (LGBT) people.

The neo-Confederate movement is not composed of marginal belligerent individuals spewing forth racist slurs, but instead is made of educated, often with advance degrees, of person in the establishment, such as professors, columnists, authors and others, and who have substantial influence in the conservative movement. Some of their books are New York Times bestsellers.

This book introduces the concept of banal white nationalism regarding why there is tolerance in the general public to accommodate neo-Confederacy and Confederate monuments, flags, Confederate names for public places forming a racialized landscape. He reviews a popular American history textbook showing how it accommodates the Lost Cause (neo-Confederate) interpretations of history.

The book also discusses the geography of politics in the opposition to the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the vote.
This book not only explains what neo-Confederacy is but offers a plan to defeat this reactionary force and by doing so bring about a Third American Revolution.


Edward H. Sebesta has been investigating and fighting the neo-Confederate movement for over 20 years. An autobiographical account of his research and efforts, “Has Neo-Confederacy Fallen?” was published at Black Commentator in 2015 and can be accessed for free at (…).

In 2015 he was awarded the Spirit of Freedom Medal by the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC for his lifetime work.

He is the co-editor of “Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction,” University of Texas Press, a critical academic inquiry, co-editor of the “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader,” University Press of Mississippi, a compilation of primary sources which show in their own words that it is about preserving slavery and white supremacy, contributor of the Civil War and Reconstruction chapter to the book, “Politics and the History Curriculum,” Palgrave MacMillan, which was a book about the notorious Texas teaching standards for history text books.

He is published internationally in peer reviewed academic journals, the latest in the Journal of American Studies at Cambridge University. He has had multiple articles published in Black Commentator. Additionally he has been an information resource for numerous journalists, authors, and others. His curriculum vitae is online at his web site"

Edward Sebesta
Third American Revolution Press
Year Published

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