History evolves.

When we ask questions, we find new sources and find new meaning.

As society continues to wrestle with Civil War legacies, conversations broaden and often prompt the question…

Why didn't I know that? 

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The Lost Cause had innumerable sources. The Confederate Museum, established in 1896 by the Confederate Memorial Literary Society became one of the most important.

The regents of the museum meant to vindicate the Confederacy and did so by establishing a museum in the house that had been the Richmond home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family during the war.

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What did the Lost Cause tell us?
What do we know now?

Why didn't I know about Black soldiers in the Civil War?

Why didn't I know about Confederate dissenters?

What didn't I know about Reconstruction?


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