Judge Richard Gantt Historical Society established

Many thanks to the South Carolina Secretary of State Office which "fast tracked" our application to form the noted LLC in honor of Gantt Family Patriarch, Richard Gantt of Prince Georges County, Maryland. Judge Gantt emigrated to South Carolina in about 1790 and married Sarah Allen of Virginia. They had ten children, all born in Edgefield District. The Judge and Great3-Grandmother Sarah resided in Columbia for some time as he was the Clerk of the South Carolina Legislature for many years. They moved to the Greenville area in the early 1800s. Miss Sarah died in 1848, and the Judge died in 1850. They are both buried in a Gantt Family Cemetery in South

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Lincoln is the most "under quoted" person in our history. Much of what he said is "hidden away" by those who wish to portray him as some "great savior" who "came down from on High" and made the world right for all American peoples, especially black people. He saved no one. From now on, several times a week, PEOPLE-SOUTH will publish quotes from Lincoln to acquaint you with these words "hidden away" for so many years. You decide what they mean. Here's the first ...


This concerned Lincoln's plan to resolve the "race issue" in the States by "colonizing" all free black citizens. That is, they were to be deported to any other place in the world than have them remain in any States. 

AFRICAN SLAVERY a different look

Do you know how many Africans were transported as slaves into North America? Do you know who brought them to these shores? Where did they come from in Africa? Who began the enslavement process on the Dark Continent? These and many other "seldom asked" questions are answered in this latest publication by yours truly. Another short and easy to read book with facts generally withheld (ignored) and/or purposely altered by today's "PC historians". 

Few realize that almost 12,000,000 (twelve million) Africans were enslaved in the Caribbean Islands as well as South America and Central America. Nor do they know why such a large number of slave laborers was necessary in the Southern hemisphere of the Americas. Answers are in this newest publication from SpencerG. Copies are available on Amazon for paperback ($5.95) and for Kindle ($1.95). 

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Do you know if Major Anderson and his small contingent were being "starved out" by Confederate forces, or if they were allowed to purchase food & supplies in Charleston from January, 1861, until April 8, 1861? Why April 8 when the "first shot" was fired on April 12? Did the Union ships carry more than just food to Fort Sumter? These and many other questions are answered in Spencer Gantt's "history lite" book entitled SLAVERY AND LINCOLN'S WAR unnecessary, unconstitutional, uncivil. In this short, easy-to-read and inexpensive book, Spencer reveals fact after substantiated fact which shows that history teachings we take for the truth are not necessarily so. 

Take a look at this book on AMAZON.com in paperback and Kindle form for $6.95 and $1.95 respectively. 


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Doctor Kirk's Analysis of .....



Whether black or white or Northerner or Southerner, Spencer Gantt’s Slavery and Lincoln’s War is as good a place to begin as any book about the conflict of 1861-1865 to understand what America’s Civil War was and was not all about.  Just as he discovered “surprising information” he “had never read, never imagined, and never been taught,” so will readers of his book do likewise.  With caveats noted about “Total War,” “Lincoln’s Unconstitutional Acts”[as a “Dictator” and the suppression of civil liberties (that involve complicated issues about Executive Power including the President as Commander-in-Chief, and the laws of war), and the Civil War’s avoidability versus its inevitability (about which historians continue to disagree and debate), Mr. Gantt’s slim and inexpensive volume, sprightly written in plain language and peppered with colloquial sayings, is a fast-paced and easy read.

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GENE KIZER'S new book

"SLAVERY WAS NOT THE CAUSE OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES: the irrefutable Argument." Gene's new book is an excellent treatise on the actual cause(s) of Lincoln's War, and slavery is not one of them. To say that this war was to end slavery is simply to "sugar coat" the invasion and destruction of the South, and give "moral cover" for the annihilation of a people. Wherever slavery had ended, it had been done peacefully and with compensation. Only in Haiti and the South, where war erupted, was the outcome a destructive one. In the end, not a single Southerner , black or white, gained anything good from this unnecessary war.


The New England Slavers

The New England Slavers


Of the 500,000 or so Africans brought over to the good ‘ol USA, it’s likely that as many as 300,000 came courtesy of the New England slave traders and entrepreneurs. The remainder were no doubt transported by others of the big five slaving giants, mainly England. You may have missed this little tidbit in history class. I know I did.


Do you know of any slave ports located in North America in the 1700s and 1800s? I bet you do. How about Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia? I’m sure these two have probably been drilled into your head since birth. But, the dirty little secret is there are lots more than these two. Lots and lots. And, they’re all up North where the cotton don't grow. Try these names. Boston, Cambridge, New London, Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Providence and Salem. Get yourself a colonial map of the US and see if these ports don’t start in New Jersey and go all the way up to Maine. And, most of them … GASP! … are in New England!


It seems the New England states were up to their necks, big time merchants in the buying, transporting and selling of their human brethren from Africa. They even dropped off several for home use. They were the biggest slave carriers to the Americas in the 1700s, and had their own little route set up from the Puritan Shining Cities on a Hill to the West Indies, over to Africa and then back, making money hand over fist. Some went to the far coast of Africa to avoid the giants of the trade and picked up slaves from points East including Madagascar.

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RECONSTRUCT! South Carolina Highway Patrol

No, no, wait! Sorry about that. "Reconstruct" much bad word here in the South. How about revise, modify, do over? Whatever the verb, it should be obvious to the bureaucrats at the famed SCHP (South Carolina Highway Patrol) and ALL citizens that restructuring the organization is vital as the recent shooting of an unarmed citizen for a violation of the SC "seat belt law" shows. Per my viewing the incident on a Facebook post (none available now .... wonder why?), I recall the officer seemingly "lying in wait" for the "perpetrator" who was in a gas station. When the man came outside he was confronted, reached into his pickup truck for his license and was subsequently shot by the trooper. No matter how it happened, my point is that "gray shirted troopers" armed with "hand cannons on their hip" should not be enforcing minor traffic laws.  


In my more naive years I sent a letter to the editor of The State "newspaper" when it was still almost a "real" newspaper. The letter concerned my distress at the waste of man-power within the ranks of the Highway Patrol. (Sorry, make that "person-power"). The letter was well received by the general public, and even produced a letter to me from the then "High Commissioner of the Department of Transportation". Rose was his name, I

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SURRENDER at Orchard Rest: A Southern Gothic Romance


Surrender at Orchard Rest is my debut novel, a tale of passion, pride, and deceit in Reconstruction-era Alabama. Set in fictitious Century Grove, Surrender chronicles the tumultuous lives of the Forrest family as they try to regain their footing after the ravages of the Civil War.

 Somerset Forrest, middle child in the Forrest family, struggles to deal with the disappearance of her previous fiancé, Eric Rutherford, in the foothills along the Chickamauga only five years earlier. She is set to marry his best friend, Sawyer Russell, but Sawyer has a secret that threatens to unravel the very seams of Century Grove. Meanwhile, her mother Blanche deals with a loss that seems inadvertent on the surface but has the ability to tear the Forrest family apart forever.


I grew up on a steady diet of Southern literature and British classics with  gothic elements. I was also surrounded by a host of elders and family members who could list every feud and grudge in our tiny community for the last one hundred years. When I penned Surrender at Orchard Rest, I aimed to pay homage to Faulkner’s claim that the past is never really past, that it permeates our present and haunts our future.  While I can’t give away much of Surrender’s plot without blowing many delightful twists and turns in the novel, I can assure you that the journey is a worthwhile one that will stick with you for years to come.


I never intended the novel to be anything but a standalone book. However, I’ve received enough correspondence asking for another book to convince me to pursue a

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