"Secessionists push for South to break away from US again," by AP's Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Ala.
- "As 21st century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th century Confederate rebellion, ... [t]he idea of a break-away Southern nation persists."
- "Secession ... has been discussed on and off for years by the far right in states including Texas, particularly when Barack Obama was president."
- "Online, many Southern nationalists seem animated by drives to remove Confederate memorials, as happened in New Orleans and is planned in Charlottesville."
- Let 'em leave? Chuck Thompson, who wrote a 2012 book, "Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession," points out that the South has been at odds with the rest of the nation for generations over issues including education, race, politics, shared history and religion.