John Chodes has published extensively on the War for Southern Independence and the devastating effects of Reconstruction, including the loss of State sovereignty and the extraordinary federalization of our public schools.
He has a long list of credits including six plays produced in New York City and several nonfiction books including Corbitt [1974, biography of Ted Corbitt, the first African-American runner to compete in an Olympic marathon] which won the "Journalistic Excellence Award” from Road Runners Club of America and was hailed as “One of the Best Sports Books of the Year” by The New York Times.]
Mr. Chodes has written for The New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, and Cue. As Communications Director for the Libertarian Party of New York, Mr. Chodes has published chapters in four books and over 100 press pieces promoting the free market in The New York Times, Chronicles, Reason, The Freeman, CBS-TV, NBC-TV, and ABC-TV, FOX-TV. As a photojournalist he has been published by Newsweek, Track and Field News, Town and Country. His photo-stories have been featured in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Heights Press, The Phoenix, and the Brooklyn Record.
In his books on American history, Mr. Chodes delves deep into archives to retrieve lost (or buried) evidence to recall how the United States veered away from its Constitutional guarantees and viciously fought democratic initiatives from its own people. The Constitution was ratified on the basis that secession would be an accepted alternative if the Federal government over-stepped its mandated powers. In The Union League: Washington’s Klan, he describes the Federal government’s agency, the Union League, which equaled or surpassed the Ku Klux Klan in brutality toward Southern freedmen.
His articles, mostly relating to the history of the federalizing of Southern education, culture and property, have appeared in Chronicles, The Freeman, Social Justice Review, The New York Tribune, Southern Partisan, and Southern Events.