Some of the Entrenched Leftist Myths Overturned by Death of a Nation: The GOP is the party of white supremacy. The two parties "switched sides" in the 1960s. The Democratic Party is the natural home of the white working class. From Death of a Nation: Historian Kenneth Stampp identified the five distinctive features of the old slave plantation: dilapidated housing, which the slave-owners termed slave quarters; broken families, the product of slave rules that abolished the institution of marriage and permitted the sale of family members at the master's whim; a high degree of violence to police the plantation, necessary of course because slavery was based on captive labor; no opportunity for decent education or advancement, notwithstanding the Democrats' insistence on slavery as a "school of civilization"; and finally the plantation's pervasive atmosphere of hopelessness, despair and nihilism. We can verify the existence of Democratic plantations today by finding these exact five features in inner-city Oakland and Detroit, in the Latino barrios of California and south Texas; and on Native American reservations like Pine Ridge in South Dakota. Other features of the plantation-an idle class of people who devoted themselves to leisure, gambling and duels provoked by petty slights-can also be found in today's ghettos and barrios. In this respect, the inhabitants of these modern places resemble not so much the old slaves as the old slave-owners. Book jacket.