R. Gordon Thornton, the great-grandson of a Confederate soldier, is an avid student of history. He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the League of the South. Mr. Thornton grew up on a farm in Hermitage, Arkansas, where his family had lived since the 1850s. As a child he thought that everyone lived in a sea of cotton—until his family was no longer allowed to grow cotton. As his childhood home shaped his development, so did the portrait of his great-grandfather, hanging at the end of the hall, shape his interest in Southern history.
Mr. Thornton spent many years studying the South and its complex history. Through his journeys he learned that there are still deep-rooted prejudices against the South and that college students were ashamed of their Southern roots. Thornton was an oddity in that he was proud of his heritage. He turned to writing to promote that same love of the South in others.
The Southern Nation: The New Rise of the Old South discusses the controversial topic of Southern nationalism. According to Thornton, the Southern states have the right to be “left alone” and to form their own nation, independent of the United States. He vehemently believes that the South needs to secede from the U.S. and reclaim the freedoms, wealth, culture, and traditions it has lost. This book explores how to reclaim the Southern birthright by developing Southern nationalism in the community and the four principles that Southerners must realize and embrace before they can fulfill their destiny as an independent people.
Today, Rob Thornton resides in Hermitage, Arkansas.
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