Southern defeatist poetry

Was the cause of Southern survival and self-determination an “error of the day”? Why should Southern lads “cherish the glory of the gray” if “twas right their cause should perish”?

When I happened across this poem today while browsing through an old book featuring a collection of Southern writers I was initially excited at the title. After reading this piece of defeatist nonsense I was depressed though. Its premise is entirely wrong. The Union has since our conquest forced upon us mass democracy, universal suffrage, interracial marriage, mass Third World immigration, integrated schools, businesses and neighborhoods, gay marriage and abortion – to name but a few American causes. There can be no doubt that the Southern cause was just, right and noble while the Union was – and continues to be – an error of the day.


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