“I am an aristocrat. I love liberty. I hate equality.”
– John Randolph of Roanoke
Although I dislike the term “WASP,” I find myself in fundamental agreement with Professor Fraser on the spirit of his project which is to restore a lost sense of racial and ethnic consciousness to “WASP America.”
White Southerners are overwhelmingly of British ancestry and naturally we follow events in the Anglosphere more closely than the news in other European countries. That happens to be one of the major reasons why Dixie was more supportive of Britain in World War I and World War II than other parts of the United States.
The names of Southern cities in the Atlantic South reflects our British heritage: Charleston was named in honor of King Charles II, the restored King of England; Baltimore was named in honor of Lord Baltimore; Williamsburg was named after William of Orange; Jamestowne was named in honor of King James I.
Arlington was named after Baron Arlington; Wilmington was named after the Earl of Wilmington; Raleigh was named after Sir Walter Raleigh; Augusta was named after Princess Augusta, wife of Frederick, the Prince of Wales. Virginia named counties after English royals and nobles: Prince George, Prince William, Princess Ann, Albemarle, Cumberland, etc.
The Yankees of New England are descended from the Puritans who relocated to North America over their irreconcilable religious differences with other Englishmen. The Quakers were the most notorious religious sect in England who founded Pennsylvania as “a holy experiment.”
In stark contrast, Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe as a refuge for the English poor. Maryland was founded by Lord Baltimore as a haven for English Catholics. Carolina was founded by Earl Anthony Ashley-Cooper and the other Lords Proprietor as a reward for faithful service to King Charles II. Virginia became a royalist refuge for the Cavalier supporters of King Charles I who were invited to America by Sir William Berkeley.
The Southern colonies were export based, commercial colonies and slave societies that grew tobacco, rice, sugar cane and long staple cotton. They were conservative hierarchical cultures from the beginning.
Virginia was a royalist stronghold in the English Civil War. Governor Berkeley persecuted the Puritans and Quakers and drove them out of Virginia. Carolina was founded by Barbadians who showed their enthusiasm for the royalist cause by naming Charles Town after King Charles II.
Virginia’s elite was descended from the Cavaliers in the English Civil War: Richard Lee (grandson of a Shropshire manor owner and great-great-great grandfather of Robert E. Lee), John Washington (grandson of a Yorkshire manor owner and great-great-great-grandfather of George Washington), George Mason (Royalist member of Parliament and great-great-grandfather of Founding Father George Mason).
Unlike the Yankees, Southerners didn’t come to North America to create any shining “City on a Hill” or “Holy Experiment.” Far from rejecting their British heritage, the Southern elite were Anglicans because they identified with the British establishment. Most of the common people of Tidewater and Carolina came to America as indentured servants where they initially worked like their English predecessors on the plantations of the Virginia and Carolina gentry.
The Scots-Irish who settled the Southern backcountry from Maryland to Georgia were refugees from Ulster and the Scottish borderlands. They were squeezed out of Britain by endemic warfare, poverty, and taxes.
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson condemned King George III and “our British brethren” for being “deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” They were “our common kindred” who “excited domestic insurrection among us” and who “endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages” and who were at that time “transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries” to the American colonies.
Surely, this was the greatest source of resentment against Britain in the Southern colonies: the Proclamation of 1763 had closed the frontier to American settlement, the British had transported large armies of Hessian mercenaries to America, they had allied themselves with Indian savages on the frontier, and their worst crime of all was inciting “domestic insurrection among us,” which was the unforgivable crime of negro equality that had forced the gentlemen of Virginia to pledge their “sacred honor” to the American cause.
Thomas Jefferson, the man who famously said that “all men were created equal,” was an Anglo-Saxonist who wanted Hengst and Horsa on the Great Seal of the United States, “the Saxon chiefs from whom we claim the honor of being descended, and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed.”
In 1776, Jefferson saw the American Revolution in explicitly ethnonationalist terms: “Has not every restitution of the ancient Saxon laws had happy effects? Is it not better now that we return at once into that happy system of our ancestors from whom we claim the honor of being descended, and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed.”
From his earliest days as a law student, Thomas Jefferson had been fascinated by his Anglo-Saxon heritage. He saw the American Revolution as a restoration of ancient Anglo-Saxon liberties which had been lost in Britain over the course of many centuries. At the end of his life, Jefferson insisted that courses on the Anglo-Saxon language be taught at the University of Virginia.
The “liberty” that Southerners were fighting for in the American Revolution was the Roman concept of libertas: a civic right that was applicable only to free White men. It was their racial ancestry that made them citizens. “Liberty” was meaningful in the South precisely because negroes were slaves and were regarded as an inferior race of helots in the Southern racial caste system.
Boston was regarded in the South as “a city of notions.” No one in Virginia or Carolina believed at the time that their ancestors had landed at Plymouth Rock. This story was only invented years later by Yankee historians.
The event that has come to be known as the “American Revolution” actually wasn’t fought by an American people. There was only a revolution in Yankeedom against British authority. The Middle Colonies of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware were loyalist or pacifist. New York City was a loyalist stronghold.
In the Southern Colonies, South Carolina and Georgia (the latter sent no delegates to the First Continental Congress) had only reluctantly backed the conflict, after hoping in vain that the boycott on British goods would force London to back down. The majority of the White population of North Carolina was loyalist. The Scots-Irish in the Southern backcountry were divided and Appalachia descended into a savage civil war.
The Halifax Resolves in North Carolina expressed the major source of bitterness of the Tidewater planters: “That Governors in different Colonies have declared Protection to Slaves who should imbrue their Hands in the Blood of their Masters.”
The “American Revolution” in the South was never an attempt to “invent a new people.” It was reactive to the events in New England and was a situation that was bungled by Britain (the Southern strategy was based on the large number of loyalists in the region) and which spiraled out of control as a consequence.
After the American Revolution, there was no desire in the South to create a consolidated nation-state. The “united States of America” was created around a weak central government that reserved most of the powers that were not “delegated” to the central government (the states were sovereign after having won their independence) to the states and the people.
Did the American Revolution create a people who rejected their European heritage? Sure, if you are stupid enough to believe our ancestors sat around reading about Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.
In the South, White Southerners retained their language, their religion, their culture, their traditional political beliefs, and their sense of racial identity. The government had changed, but the colonists were relatively unchanged. Britain had never really had a strong grip on the American colonies and the fundamental cause of the whole conflict was its attempt to establish greater control after the Seven Years’ War with France.
If the Southern colonies had not revolted against Britain, they would have shared the fate of the British West Indies, where slavery was abolished in 1834 because of the rise of sentimental humanitarianism. The Yankee abolitionist movement was inspired by the British Anti-Slavery Society. Canada was the terminus of the Underground Railroad.
These historical arguments are besides the point now though: Yankeedom has collapsed, Canada has become a Soviet Republic under the Human Rights Commission, Australia and New Zealand are being invaded by Asians, and the Mother Country has just witnessed a revolution this summer by the Black Undertow.
Dixie has an advantage in that we are still not self hating White liberals. White Southerners are far more religious and conservative. There is enormous resentment against Washington. We have a much better chance of weathering this storm.
In the Reconstruction era, there were “taxpayer groups” in the Southern states that sprouted up which were almost identical to the Tea Party in their rhetoric. They opposed Reconstruction on fiscal and constitutional grounds and avoided making explicitly racial arguments.
Reconstruction was overthrown by a three pronged attack from “respectable” conservatives like Lucius Lamar in the political mainstream, the budding taxpayer organizations which exposed “African-American” corruption and deadened Northern idealism, and the White paramilitary organizations like the Red Shirts and the White Line which suppressed the black vote.
Resistance anywhere will inspire resistance elsewhere. The European nationalist parties have fed off their mutual victories. It will take one big country to break ranks with the status quo and destabilize the reigning liberal consensus.
The European Union seems to be collapsing before our eyes. Silvio Berlusconi just stepped down as the Italian Prime Minister. It can’t be that long now before Europe blows. The unthinkable has become the conventional wisdom.
The unthinkable can happen in North America too. Is the Glorious Union going to survive the 21st Century? Can the Lincoln system endure when California goes bankrupt? Are Southerners willing to play the assigned role of Washington’s debt slaves to China? How many more Barack Obamas are we willing to suffer through down here?
The liberal establishment is betting that the racial demographics of America can change without corresponding changes in our national economy, the status of the Glorious Union, and their own grip on political and economic power.
Hopefully, their arrogance and loss of legitimacy will provide us with the opportunity to reconstitute our nation on a sounder basis. There isn’t a Statue of Liberty off the coast of Virginia welcoming the “refuse” of foreign countries like Barack Obama, Sr.
Note: The comments at The Occidental Observer reflect the unsoundness of racial nationalism as a platform for resistance to the status quo.