Debunking the myth of the Lost Cause: A lie embedded in American history - Karen L. Cox
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In the 1860’s, 11 southern states withdrew from the United States and formed the Confederacy. They seceded in response to the growing movement for the nationwide abolition of slavery. Yet barely a year after the Civil War ended, southern sources began claiming the conflict was about state’s rights. How did this revisionist history come about? Karen Cox examines the cultural myth of the Lost Cause.
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To understand more about the United Daughters of the Confederacy, watch this video about how these women altered students’ understanding of history by vetting textbooks or read this op-ed about their broader work with children.
African American responses to the Lost Cause are equally important. Frederick Douglass worried that the Lost Cause narrative would erase the history of the most important outcome of the Civil War—the emancipation of slaves. He returned to this sentiment in many of his postwar speeches. See, for example, his speech in Rochester, New York, in 1882 on Decoration Day.
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Meet The Creators
- Educator Karen L. Cox
- Director Anton Bogaty
- Narrator Christina Greer
- Music Stephen LaRosa
- Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
- Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
- Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
- Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
- Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
- Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
- Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam