Thomas Nelson Page

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It appears Thomas Nelson Page didn’t adhere to the ”Celtic South” hypothesis which is all the rage now. He was of the old school which saw the South as primarily Anglo-Saxon or Anglo-Norman.

On the off-chance that some who read this are not familiar with Page, he was a prominent writer in his time, though writing was not his sole pursuit in life. He was a descendant of the First Families of Virginia, a descendant of Colonel John Page, from whom I also claim descent. (Please try to take the Wikipedia page with a grain of salt, given the usual bias against the old South and the old families thereof.)

Does it make a difference whether one believes the current popular ideas of the South’s origins and ethnic makeup or the old ideas of Page’s time and earlier? Some might (and do) argue that there is more knowledge available about the South’s history and origins now; I would say that, being closer to the time in question, and not being bound by the politically correct shackles of our time, the old view is more likely correct. And, having family lines that have been traced back many generations, I know that my family lines (and by extension those of most old Virginia families) are strongly English.

What Page wrote in the poem above about the character of the ‘Saxon strain’ also makes a difference. If he believed that his or the ‘Saxon woman’ to whom he writes possessed those qualities by inheritance, this makes a difference to how he regarded her or himself.

The most important thing, however, when it comes to our ancestry, is the truth. We should have enough regard for Truth to seek out that truth, rather than jumping on a bandwagon of whatever story is popular these days.

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