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 Posted: Mon Jun 13th, 2011 05:10 pm
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Pender, your note mostly reinforces ‘lost cause’ history.

Southern memory after the war collectively ‘lost’ the main and strongly stated 1860 causes for war.

Southern collective post-war memory, again reinforced by leaders at reunions and in the common shared experience, ignores and forgets the pre-war motives for secession and replaces them with a post-war 'lost cause' version. Much of the memory was created, preserved and embellished by mothers, wives, daughters and sweethearts who played little part in the political march to war, but lived through the home-front misery and survived in far greater numbers to tell of it. It’s a natural reflex for losing home-front victims throughout history to blame the victors for their misery.

Southereners wrote their fair (and probably more) of war history. They eagerly and quickly rushed their versions into print which were quickly assimiliated into the war story. While the country (and world) moved into the new industrial age, the south successfully recreated a large part of their past, enriching a few and impoverishing much of its population.


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