This is one of those annoying help-me-with-my-homework posts. I just thought I’d be upfront about that, so don’t say you weren’t warned! In my defense, it’s my wish that this gets published under the auspices of the Libertarian Party, rather than being my personal project. The original idea was to make it Carolinas-only, but that seemed somewhat limiting to me. The South is STILL often depicted as anti-freedom, and any way of dispelling that notion while at the same time giving new life to often unheard voices is appealing to me.
I’m thinking of a project to publish excerpts from the writings/speeches of American southerners (generally following the lines shown here) on the subject of freedom. I thought it could be organized into sections based on chronology (pre-revolution, revolution-to-1850, Reconstruction, New Deal, etc), or by topic (taxes/tarriffs, slavery, press, civil rights, etc.), or maybe some other or hybrid sort of organization.
Each selection would include a brief bio of the writer/speaker, discussion of his place in the American South, maybe an image or two, and perhaps some other notes.
So the help I’d like (besides any suggestions about organization or other aspects) is this: I’d like suggestions for people (and writings/speeches, if you want to be that detailed) to include. The writer/speaker should be identifiably ‘southern’, though not necessarily a bred-and-born southerner (for example, a transplanted African, or an immigrant from Ireland).