Quotation by Eli N. Evans

I have for years been intrigued with the ways in which Jews and southerners are alike—stepchildren of an anguished history. From the period before the Civil War, southerners have used Old Testament analogies to portray themselves as "the chosen people," surrounded and outnumbered but destined to survive and triumph against overwhelming odds. This analogy has endured deep in the southern psyche, influencing subconsciously its reactions to events. For example, in 1967, during the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, polls showed that the South was caught up in military fervor and admiration for the lightning victory of the Israelis. It was almost as if Moshe Dayan had become the Israeli Stonewall Jackson, outthinking and outfighting his Arab foes, just as the boys in gray had done in the Shenandoah Valley against vastly superior numbers in the 1860s.
Eli N. Evans (b. 1930s), U.S. social activist, speechwriter. The Lonely Days Were Sundays: Reflections of a Jewish Southerner, preface, University Press of Mississippi (1993).
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