Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History

ISBN-10: 0253222664

ISBN-13: 9780253222664

Edition: 2010

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Description: The myth of the Lost Cause of the Confederate States in the Civil War was and is an elaborate and intentional effort on the part of southerners to rationalise the secession and the war itself. Unfortunately, for historical truth and the national memory, these skilful propagandists, beginning with Jubal Early, have been so successful that the Lost Cause has assumed a life of its own and continues to misrepresent what really happened, distorting the national memory in the process. In this book nine historians analyse the Lost Cause, describing its content and identifying its falsity. The work is thus a major contribution to Civil War historiography.

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.012

Gary W Gallagher is a civil war historian with a special interest in the military aspects of the war. He is the author or co-author of several books including Lee and His Generals in War and Memory and The Confederate War. He has also served as President of the Association of Preservation of Civil War sites. He is a professor of history at the University of Virginia.

Alan T. Nolan, an Indianapolis lawyer, is author of <i>The Iron Brigade</i>, a military history, and <i>As Sounding Brass</i>, a novel.

Introduction
The Anatomy of the Myth
Jubal A. Early, the Lost Cause, and Civil War History: A Persistent Legacy
"Is Our Love for Wade Hampton Foolishness?": South Carolina and the Lost Cause
"These Few Gray-Haired, Battle-Scarred Veterans": Confederate Army Reunions in Georgia, 1885-95
New South Visionaries: Virginia's Last Generation of Slaveholders, the Gospel of Progress, and the Lost Cause
James Longstreet and the Lost Cause
Continuous Hammering and Mere Attrition: Lost Cause Critics and the Military Reputation of Ulysses S. Grant
"Let the People See the Old Life as It Was": LaSalle Corbell Pickett and the Myth of the Lost Cause
The Immortal Confederacy: Another Look at Lost Cause Religion
Contributors
Index
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