The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History

The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History

Gary W. Gallagher


Was the Confederacy doomed from the beginning in its fight opposed to the very best may possibly of the Union? Did its forces struggle heroically opposed to all odds for the reason for states’ rights? in truth, those feedback are an complicated and intentional attempt at the a part of Southerners to rationalize the secession and the warfare itself. regrettably, skillful propagandists were such a success in selling this romanticized view that the misplaced reason has assumed a lifetime of its personal. Misrepresenting the war’s real origins and its real path, the parable of the misplaced reason distorts our nationwide reminiscence. within the fantasy of the misplaced reason and Civil battle historical past, 9 historians describe and study the misplaced reason, deciding upon ways that it falsifies history―creating a quantity that makes an important contribution to Civil battle historiography.

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