The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History

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<P>Was the Confederacy doomed from the start in its struggle against the superior might of the Union? Did its forces fight heroically against all odds for the cause of states’ rights? In reality, these suggestions are an elaborate and intentional effort on the part of Southerners to rationalize the secession and the war itself. Unfortunately, skillful propagandists have been so successful in promoting this romanticized view that the Lost Cause has assumed a life of its own. Misrepresenting the war’s true origins and its actual course, the myth of the Lost Cause distorts our national memory. In The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History, nine historians describe and analyze the Lost Cause, identifying ways in which it falsifies history—creating a volume that makes a significant contribution to Civil War historiography.</P>
<P>Introduction, Gary W. Gallagher<BR>The Anatomy of the Myth, Alan T. Nolan<BR>Jubal A. Early, The Los Cause and Civil War History, A Persistent Legacy, Gary W. Gallagher<BR>Is Our Love for Wade Hampton Foolishness?: South Carolina and the Lost Cause, Charles J. Holden<BR>These Few Gary-haired, Battle-Scarred Veterans: Confederate Army Reunions in Georgia (1885-1895), Keith S. Bohannon<BR>New South Visionaries: Virginia's Last Generation of Slaveholders: The Gospel of Progress and the Lost Cause, Peter J. Carmichael<BR>James Longstreet and the Lost Cause, Jeffrey D. Wert<BR>Continuous Hammering and Mere Attrition: Lost Cause Critics and the Military Reputation of Ulysses S. Grant, Brooks D. Simpson<BR>Let the People See the Old Life as It Was: Lasalle Corbell Pickett and the Myth of the Lost Cause, Lesley J. Gordon<BR>The Immortal Confederacy: Another Look at Lost Cause Religion, Lloyd A. Hunter</P>

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Published 22 November 2000
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EAN13 9780253109026
Language English

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