Facism: Some Southern Origins Posted in: Opinions The South of the United States, from early 1800s through turbulent growth amid the Jackson and Polk regimes, up to and including the 1860s, can be simplistically described as a racio-regional police state run by a small number of oligarchic plantation and business owners in each of these states. Lower classes--enslaved blacks and poor whites-were kept subservient and largely dependent on cotton, the eventual main economic driver during that century and much of the next. I stated in my previous column that the particular system of controlling people and money over this entire time and region can also be labeled ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!