Reconstructing the South : A Theoretical Reflection on the Iconography of New South Mythmaking
The Myth of Lost Cause arose from the material and social devastation wrought by the Civil War, as white Southerners sought to rationalize, justify, and glorify their crushing military and political defeat and the bleak aftermath that faced them. As the lost cause myth became more thoroughly elaborated in the post-Reconstruction South, it also temporally reconfigured collective memories of the Old South’s destruction. Southern historians and political leaders all espoused the idea that the Old South’s architectural and artistic history had been brutally pillaged by Union occupiers determined to ...
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