The Young America Movement–Changing Our History

by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The very informative book To The Victors Go The Myths And Monuments  by Arthur R. Thompson deals at some length with a group called Young America that was very active in this country during the middle of the 19th century.

Mr. Thompson observed, on page 215 of his book that: “The Carbonari’s Young America (YA) reached its ascendency in the late 1850s and played a key role in laying the groundwork for a future civil war. After the Civil War they faded as a visible organization even though their ideas have never faded from the American scene, as witnessed by the Spanish-American War and the modern neoconservative movement. YA aims since the Civil War have been generally carried out by the establishment of the major political parties. In other words, the goals of YA became the established American foreign policy without being a visible movement from the Civil War until 1921, with the formation of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), when their tactics again became obvious, even as a more visible organization than before the Civil War. By the mid-20th century there were several elite organizations promoting the YA goals, all with interlocking directorates and membership.”

WikiVisually a branch of Wikipedia provided some interesting commentary about Young America–if you know how to read between the lines. It stated: “The Young America Movement was an American political and cultural attitude in the mid-19th century, inspired by European reform movements of the 1830s (such as…Young Italy and Young Hegelians), the American group was formed as a political organization in 1845 by Edwin de Leon and George Henry Evans. It advocated free trade, social reform, expansion southward into the territories, and support for republican, anti-aristocratic movements abroad…”

“Inspired by European reform movements” meant inspired by European socialist movements. “Social reform” meant the changing of cultures into something they had not heretofore been. “Expansion southward into the territories” meant they had their eye on land that did not belong to the United States, and “support for republican, anti-aristocratic movements” meant support for socialist groups seeking to overthrow legitimate governments. As I said, it’s all a matter of reading between the lines. Often what you think they said isn’t what they really meant.

In an editorial for the Democratic Review in 1837, John L. O’Sullivan wrote, describing the general purpose of the Young America Movement that: “All history is to be rewritten; political science and the whole scope of all moral truth have to be considered and illustrated in the light of the democratic principle. All old subjects of thought and all new questions arising, connected more or less directly with human existence, have to be taken up again and re-examined.” That was a tall order. What they planned to do was to re-write the history to made sure it conformed to the new norm for their day. So in other words the history your grandchildren would learn would not be the history your grandfathers learned. This is the sort of thing public schools do in our day–change the history so it is now acceptable to the politically correct. Do you begin to grasp the fact that this is what they are doing with our Southern history, flags, monuments, etc., changing them all so they will reflect the new cultural Marxist norms? Have you ever thought about it this way? If not, maybe you should. Also worth noting is that this John L. O’Sullivan was the man that coined the term Manifest Destiny. We’ve been taught, via our changed history, to think that meant the United States expanding all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Actually it meant more than that–it was their codeword for the US to expand to take the whole world. You could say that, with US troops all over the world in our day, Manifest Destiny is currently being practiced.

So you could say, with great accuracy, that Young America was a history changer–or at least it changed the historical record–from what it was to what they wanted it to be.

I recently came across an article on written by Thomas Coley Allen. Just out of curiosity I checked Mr. Allen out and found that he had authored at least four different books, one of them on the early history of man called Adam To Abraham: The Early History of Man. I have to say that his take on man’s creation is definitely a new wrinkle and it won’t please either creationists or evolutionists.

Be that as it may, his article I came across is pretty amazing. It is called A Conspiratorial View of the War for Southern Independence. I don’t know if he got everything in this article totally right, but he got a lot of it right because I have seen much of this from other sources over the years. Arthur Thompson, mentioned earlier in this article, covered some of this in his book so I know Mr. Allen was on the right track. He published this article on July 3, 2009.

Allen stated: “Our story begins in 1845 when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian revolutionist, came to the United States and organized the Young American movement. The Young America society was modeled after his Young Italy, a secret society whose objective was to overthrow the established governments of Italy and unite Italy under a republican government. Mazzini was an Illuminist of the highest degree, probably the highest Illuminist in the world at the time. He was a believer in violent revolutions and a forefather of Communism. He organized the Revolution of 1848, whose purpose was to overthrow the monarchs of continental Europe and replace them with a communist state.”

Allen made some interesting connections here. He said that Young America was mostly active in rural areas. I can’t vouch for that as I just don’t know, but he also noted that Young America “…was active in the abolitionist movement. Mazzini became the godfather of the anti-slavery campaign. The abolitionists became front men for the Illuminists, who wanted to destroy the United States and their Constitution. Years before the War for Southern Independence, the Young American Masonic conspiracy was active in the South promoting the abolitionist cause. Also involved in the founding of the Young America movement was Edwin DeLeon. DeLeon became an advisor to President Jefferson Davis and the chief propagandist of the Confederacy in Europe. While DeLeon led the expansionist wing of the Young America, William Lloyd Garrison, a spiritualist, led the abolitionist wing. Garrison was a leading abolitionist and a friend of Mazzini. Garrison published the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, which he started in 1831. Unnamed backers financed his paper, so it could be distributed free through the South. The abolitionist movement was in effect an undeclared war against the Southern States.”

This is a little different take on the abolitionist movement than most are used to, but if you think about it, it does fit. If you read some of what Garrison said, you do come away with the feeling that his world view was internationalist in scope. So finding that he was buddies with Mazzini really comes as no surprise, and that ties Garrison to the Illuminists. So what does all this have to say about the abolitionist movement?

More about all this in an upcoming article. What you will learn from all this is that history ain’t what you thought it was and oftentimes what it really was turns out to be a shocker. But if we don’t grasp the truth about the past then we have no guide for how to deal with the future.

5 thoughts on “The Young America Movement–Changing Our History

  1. Mr Benson, you mentioned Thomas Coley Allen’s book, “Adam To Abraham: The Early History of Man” and said, “I have to say that his take on man’s creation is definitely a new wrinkle and it won’t please either creationists or evolutionists.” I bought that book and his “Species of Men: A Polygenetic Hypothesis” over a decade ago and found both very interesting and informing, as well as much to ponder.

    I would like very much to hear your thoughts –positive or negative, on Allen’s “Adam To Abraham: The Early History of Man”.

    Thank you.

    • If you have read the book, you know more about it than I do. All I have read is a review of it. I am a biblical six-day creationist so I probably would not agree with Allen’s hypothesis but it would be interesting to see what he has to say.

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