The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won


The former Confederate states have continually mythologized the South’s defeat to the North, depicting the Civil War as unnecessary, or as a fight over states’ Constitutional rights, or as a David v. Goliath struggle in which the North waged “total war” over an underdog South. In The Myth of the Lost Cause, historian Edward Bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago.

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