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Break It Up

By Terry Hulsey September 14, 2021

A review of Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union (Little Brown, 2020) by Richard Kreitner

 Horrors! Richard Kreitner, a neo-Confederate? How will he, in the stable of Leftist The Nation magazine, founded as a successor to abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator, ever publish again!

 One must admire Kreitner’s gift of writing in Break It Up – a most readable account of American history from the point of view of the latest revisionism. He is especially gifted in finding the telling detail in the mass of evidence that he has not glossed but carefully read, crafting an insightful, page-turning story. Most importantly, Kreitner is honest with the historical evidence. It is this honestly presented evidence that is a resource to the would-be secessionist or neo-Confederate – designations that, by a bit of magic as we shall see, most definitely do not apply to Kreitner.

 But first, we should admire the author’s forceful challenge to the accepted history:

 Tradition holds that the American colonists came together in 1776 to overthrow a detested king and form one nation, indivisible, intended to last for all time.    :snip:    https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/16743-2/

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