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Published: 24 November 1988

320 Pages | 16 photos

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195054200

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Ghosts of the Confederacy

Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South, 1865-1913

Gaines M. Foster

Through an examination of memoirs, personal papers, and postwar Confederate rituals, this book explores how white southerners interpreted the Civil War, accepted defeat, and readily embraced reunion and a New South. It reveals that while the Lost Cause was a central force in shaping late 19th-century southern culture, the legacy of defeat ultimately had little impact on southern behavior.

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