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From the Publisher"[An] impressive book. . . . Highly recommended."
"This excellent and well-written book illuminates the work of an important group in the South's Lost Cause movement."
-American Historical Review
"A well-documented study of this unique women's movement after the Civil War. Any serious student of the Civil War or Reconstruction should be aware of the powerful arguments extended by Janney."
"Janney has succeeded in crafting a thoughtful study that illuminates a little known area of the formation of the Lost Cause ideology."
-South Carolina Historical Magazine
"This clearly written and well-researched book definitely deepens our understanding of the earliest roots of Confederate memorialization and the Lost Cause."
-Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
"[This] excellent study speaks to a significant gap in the literature of southern cultural memory, gender, and Reconstruction. Not only is it a must read for anyone working in those areas, but it is a key contribution to the study of women and gender in this period."
-Journal of American History
"Janney's fine monograph is grounded in an impressive body of archival material supported by a very strong command of a wide array of secondary source literature."
"Sheds light on a previously obscure part of southern women's history. . . . Convincingly demonstrates that women continued to participate in a civic role after the fall of the Confederacy."
-Virginia Quarterly Review
"Janney's thoughtful study helps the Ladies to claim their rightful place in the history of Confederate memory making. Her lively stories of their hard-fought campaigns to build some of the most notable monuments of the state likewise make this an entertaining and valuable addition to the history of southern women's activism after the war."
[S]mart, well-researched, well-written, and well-argued . . .
-Alice Fahs, University of California, Irvine, coeditor of The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture