Southern Partisan is a political magazine published in the United States founded in 1979 that focuses on its Southern region and those states that were formerly members of the Confederate States of America. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) The Confederate States of America (also called the Confederacy, the Confederate States, and CSA) formed as the government set up from 1861 Its first editor was Thomas Fleming. Thomas Fleming is a Roman Catholic writer president of the Rockford Institute, and editor of Chronicles A Magazine of American Culture, a Since 1999 it has been edited by Christopher Sullivan.
The magazine generally espouses political paleoconservatism and a pro-southern perspective on political issues and the American Civil War. Paleoconservatism (sometimes shortened to paleo or paleocon when the context is clear is a term for an anti-communist and Anti-authoritarian Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South The magazine features commentary on southern culture, history, literature, the Southern Agrarians, the Civil War and Confederacy, and current political issues. The Southern Agrarians (also known as the Vanderbilt Agrarians or Nashville Agrarians) were a group of twelve American writers and poets with roots in the It carries a news section entitled "CSA Today" covering stories from each of the 13 former Confederate states.
The magazine is harshly critical of political correctness and highlights news events involving what it describes as "politically correct" policy-making, such as the removal of Confederate historical monuments. Political correctness (adjectivally politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term applied to Language, ideas policies or behavior It also gives out a "Scalawag Award" in each issue to politicians who support politically correct actions. In the United States, a scalawag was a Southern white who joined the Republican Party in the ex- Confederate South during Reconstruction
Book reviews of current texts pertaining to all aspects of the southern United States appear in each issue, as do general political opinion pieces from conservative and libertarian perspectives. Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the The magazine carries columns by syndicated opinion commentators including Walter Williams, William Murchison, Joseph Sobran, and Charley Reese. Walter (or Walt) Williams may refer to Walter Williams (comedian filmmaker, best known as the Saturday Night Live writer who William Murchison is a nationally syndicated political columnist in the United States with The Dallas Morning News. M Joseph Sobran Jr (born February 23 1946 Ypsilanti Michigan) is an American journalist and writer formerly with National Review and currently Charley Reese (born January 29 1937) is a syndicated columnist known for his plainspoken manner and paleoconservative views It is currently published on a bimonthly basis.
Although the magazine is frequently found in the historical racks in mainstream bookstores, it would be more fitting to find it in the current events section. Its emphasis is also cultural and political. Its statement of purpose, stated at the top of its masthead in every issue, is taken from a letter written by Donald Davidson (poet) to Allen Tate in May 1927: "If there were a Southern magazine, intelligently conducted and aimed specifically, under the doctrine of provincialism, at renewing a certain sort of sectional consciousness and drawing separate groups of Southern thought together, something might be done to save the South. Donald Grady Davidson ( August 8, 1893, Campbellsville in Giles County Tennessee - April 25, 1968, Nashville Tennessee John Orley Allen Tate ( November 19, 1899 - February 9, 1979) was an American Poet, essayist and social commentator and "
Due to its conservative political leaning and advocacy of the southern side in the American Civil War, Southern Partisan has been the subject of controversy. The New York Times described Southern Partisan as "one of the (southern) region's most right-wing magazines," notes its disapproval of Abraham Lincoln and the Union during the Civil War, and tendency to "venerate the rebel soldiers who fought to secede from the United States. Abraham Lincoln (February 12 1809 &ndash April 15 1865 the sixteenth President of the United States, successfully led his country through its greatest internal " According to the Times, it is also socially conservative as evidenced by a 1999 editorial denouncing the Miami Herald's coverage of gay issues. The Miami Herald is a daily Newspaper owned by The McClatchy Company headquartered in Downtown Miami Florida. Though critical of these beliefs, the Times nevertheless notes that "Many of (Southern Partisan's) articles, however, are more high-minded historical reviews in the tradition of the Southern agrarian movement, which glorified the South's slow-paced traditions of farms and small towns. " 
Several sources on the political left have openly accused the magazine of racism. Ed Sebesta, an anti-confederate partisan based in Dallas, Texas commonly attacks the magazine, asserting that Southern Partisan, along with Chronicles, are the " major publications" of the Confederate movement. Chronicles is a US monthly Magazine published by the paleoconservative Rockford Institute.  Slate online magazine has described the Southern Partisan as a "crypto-racist, pro-Confederate magazine. Slate is an English-language online current affairs and culture Magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael " In 2000, the president of People for the American Way called it "racist" and pointed to columns that criticize Martin Luther King, Jr and Nelson Mandela, and alleged that it views slavery favorably. People For the American Way (People For is a progressive, politically liberal Advocacy organization in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr ( January 15, 1929 April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, Activist and prominent leader Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (xolíɬaɬa mandéːla born 18 July 1918 is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in fully representative  The Times report quotes a passage about the "myth that vicious white slave traders dragged Africans from their idyllic homeland to serve as chattel for arrogant white Americans. " They also note that the same article describes white slave traders as being better to the blacks than the African warlords. The Times notes that "(t)he magazine rarely writes about slavery," preferring to focus on more genteel aspects of the past. According to the Times article, Southern Partisan "takes the position that the Civil War was fought not over slavery, but over the preservation of a Southern way of life that to this day is worth preserving. " (2/8/2000)
The magazine rejects many of its critics' characterizations, arguing that they derive primarily from the far left wing of the political spectrum and from advocates of political correctness. Responding to critics the magazine's Christopher Sullivan charged them with taking "quotes out of context to paint a picture of racial and historical bigotry in the Partisan. " (The Never Ending Struggle by Christopher Sullivan, Southern Partisan 1999 4th Quarter) As a prime example, Sullivan pointed to excerpted quotations that critics purported to speak favorably about slavery but were in fact a synopsis of statistical data from Time on the Cross, a scholarly study on slavery authored by socialist cliometrists Stanley Engerman and Nobel prize recipient Robert Fogel. Stanley Lewis Engerman (born March 14, 1936) is an Economist and economic historian at the University of Rochester. The Nobel Prize (Nobelpriset (Nobelprisen is a Swedish prize established in the 1895 will of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel; it was first awarded in Peace, Literature Robert William Fogel (born July 1, 1926) is an American economic historian and scientist and winner (with Douglass North) of the 1993 Sullivan contended that other quotations had been similarly misconstrued by critics on the left and rejected their attacks as the product of a politically correct and politically motivated "feeding frenzy. "
Responding to the allegations of racism, the magazine's editors are quick to point out that they regularly publish articles by African American writers such as Walter E. Williams. Walter E Williams, Ph D (born 1936 in Philadelphia) is an American economist and college professor at George Mason University Sullivan dismisses these allegations as ad hominem attacks and predicts they will continue from sources in the media and on the political left as long as the magazine is published. An ad hominem argument, also known as argumentum ad hominem ( Latin: "argument to the man" "argument against the man" "Will it end? As King Lear put it, 'Never, never, never, never, never. ' And that's why our resistance to the assaults must also never end. "
Southern Partisan received national attention in 2001 during the confirmation hearings of U. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. John David Ashcroft (born May 9 1942) is an American Politician who was the 79th United States Attorney General. Democrats in the U. S. Senate criticized Ashcroft over a 1998 interview he gave with the magazine in which he praised Robert E. Lee. Robert Edward Lee (January 19 1807 &ndash October 12 1870 was a career United States Army officer, an Engineer, and among the most celebrated It was alleged that Ashcroft's statements exhibited racial insensitivity since Lee was a former general for the Confederacy. The magazine responded that Ashcroft's critics were engaging in political correctness and playing the "race card" for political reasons. Playing the race card is an Idiomatic phrase that refers to the act of bringing the issue of race or Racism into a debate perhaps to obfuscate the When pressed by Democratic Senators Joseph Biden and Ted Kennedy about the interview during his confirmation hearings, Ashcroft replied "I would rather be falsely accused of racism than to falsely accuse others. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (born February 22 1932 is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic "