Confederate Complexity

“That there were Southern Unionists, their involvement as spies, soldiers, and resistance."
~ Katharina 41
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What the Lost Cause said.

 
The authors of the Lost Cause portrayed the Confederate States, its people, and its leaders, as uniquely perfect examples of righteousness, valor, and morality in American history and without dissent and deprivation.
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The adoration for Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee's leadership and faith, and Stonewall Jackson's battlefield prowess characterized the Lost Cause view of Confederate leadership. 
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Speeches dedicating monuments and museums described Confederate soldiers uniformly as selfless sufferers who never showed fear in a greater cause. 
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Descriptions of the Confederate cause insisted that it was entirely defense and entirely warranted. Lost Cause proponents rejected the term "rebel" because, they suggested, it meant dishonor.
 

How did that change?

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Historians began paying attention to political dissent, material deprivation, and internal divisions within the Confederate States in the 1960s when the "new social history" began to examine common people's experiences.

These studies appealed to a national population--because of the counterculture and political revolutions of the 1960s--newly admiring of dissidents and other outsiders and skeptical of nationalist stories.

They revealed the Confederate States wracked by dissent and Confederate soldiers disillusioned by their experiences.

 

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