I mostly read science fiction, fantasy and horror, but occasionally I'll read something serious, like Stark Young's So Red the Rose, which was written in the '20s or '30s and was a bestseller in those days.
I was raised in the lower Midwest, near the Ozarks, and am descended from Scots-Irish hillbillies from Tennesee and Kentucky. I don't consider myself Northern, aka damn Yankees, but instead a combination of Midwestern and Southerner.
As far as I'm concerned, the South was overwhelmingly in the right, and too bad the North won, which only happened because they were far more industrialized than the South.
So Red the Rose is an intimate look at a bunch of Southern families during the War Between the States, and does not have the grand sweep of Gone with the Wind.
The author, Stark Young, came as to the same conclusion I have, that the conflict between North and South runs back to industrialized England marauding though Scotland and Ireland, only transplanted to the U.S. So now we have those damn Yankees in D.C. (Bush is not a Texan or cowboy; he's a Yankee) attempting to wipe out the U.S., and I see this country's salvation lying in the hands of Midwesterners and Southerners, certainly not all the nancy-boys on the East and West Coasts.
So Red the Rose is a heck of a good novel, and it should be taught in school.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who is a Scots-Irish Ozarkian hillbilly.