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The Abbeville Institute Press

Our recommendations for educational and inspirational literature about southern culture.

Chaining Down Leviathan

The American Dream of Self-Government 1776-1865

This is a study of American political thought between the secession from Britain and the War Between the States. This period was a struggle between the Jeffersonian and the Hamiltonian visions of America. The Jeffersonians favored a highly decentralized federation of sovereign states, whereas the Hamiltonians favored a highly centralized state with a veto on state legislation.

Year Published: 2021
Author: Luigi Marco Bassani, Ph.D

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Exploring the Southern Tradition

WHAT WE HAVE KNOWN as “the South” has been for four centuries a major part of the American identity. This is true whether measured by population, territory, history, or culture, high and folk. In 2002 a group of scholars led by Donald Livingston founded the Abbeville Institute to combat intellectually the ongoing campaign to eliminate the South from “America,” a campaign now dominant in public discourse.

Year Published: 2019
Contributors: David Aiken, Boyd D. Cathey, William Cawthon, Tom Daniel, John Devanny, Richard Gamble, Paul Gottfried, Paul C. Graham, Ben “Cooter” Jones, Thomas H. Landess, Donald Livingston, Brion McClanahan, Michael Martin, James Rutledge Roesch, Carey Roberts, Samuel C. Smith, Karen Stokes, Ryan Walters, Clyde N. Wilson, and Aaron Wolf

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The Classical Origins of Southern Literature

This work explores the continuation of the Classical literary tradition in Southern literature from the Colonial era to the present. It contrasts American writing outside the South which attacked or consciously undermined the Classics with a Southern literature that staunchly adhered to the eternal verities of the Classical tradition.

Year Published: 2016
Author: James Everett Kibler, Ph.D

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Northern Opposition to Mr. Lincoln's War

According to American folklore, the North rose in righteous determination to support Lincoln after the firing on Fort Sumter. The only opposition to the war “to save the Union,” so the story goes, was from a few sneaking, traitorous “Copperheads.” In fact, opposition to the war in the North was much more extensive, more respectable, and more patriotic in inspiration than has been allowed. This has been one of the best kept secrets in American history. In this ground-breaking work, a number of scholars begin uncovering some of the forgotten aspects of American reaction to the great crisis of 1861-1865

Year Published: 2014
Edited by: D. Jonathan White

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Stewards of History: Land and Time in the Story of a Southern Family

Johnston describes the impact of race, slavery, civil rights and religion in one Southern family over five generations. The core figure of the book is General John Hartwell Cocke (1780-1866) a Virginia planter, antislavery advocate and younger friend and contemporary of Thomas Jefferson. The book tells the story of the General’s life and family, his conversion to Christianity and his moral objections to slavery. On a solid business and practical foundation the General carried our an emancipation project that lasted for twenty years before the onset of the Civil War.

Year Published: 2021
Author: Caryl Johnston

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Grover Cleveland: The Last Jeffersonian President

America was born out of a revolution, the ideals of which became the foundation of conservatism, principles that were best espoused by Thomas Jefferson. Until Lincoln’s election in 1860, America was a Jeffersonian Republic. But after Lincoln’s counter-revolution, which transformed the Union, Jeffersonian political thought all but disappeared. Yet in the 1880s and 1890s it made a brief comeback with Grover Cleveland, the Thomas Jefferson of the Gilded Age, who tried to return the country to the Age of Jefferson. Cleveland, though, would be the last of these Jeffersonian political fathers and the last president to uphold these traditional American values. By studying Cleveland’s policies and ideals, we can relearn those forgotten lessons of ancient times and restore the American republic of republics.

Published: 2021
Author: Ryan Walters

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How Radical Republican Antislavery Rhetoric and Violence Precipitated Secession, October 1859-April 1861

How Radical Republican Antislavery Rhetoric and Violence Precipitated Secession, October 1859-April 1861

The southern states democratically voted to leave the Union in 1860-61. Why southern voters (the majority of whom did not own slaves) should wish to leave the Union is still hotly debated. This book explores a series of acts of antislavery violence between October 1859 and April 1861, committed by northerners, supported by Republicans, and winked at by the Republican Party (Harper’s Ferry, northern prior support for the raid, northern post-facto endorsement of John Brown, the Helper book, the Texas troubles). When a Republican was elected to the White House in 1860, southerners interpreted that as an endorsement of antislavery violence, so they voted to leave the Union.

Published: 2022
Author: D Jonathan White

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