The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The ''Great Truth'' about the ''Lost Cause''

The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The ''Great Truth'' about the ''Lost Cause''

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by James W. Loewen
     
 

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Resounding documentary proof that the original reasoning behind secession and subsequently myth-making was in defense of slavery and white supremacy

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Resounding documentary proof that the original reasoning behind secession and subsequently myth-making was in defense of slavery and white supremacy

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“This is THE book we’ve all been needing out here! And what a great team to put it together.”

—Monroe Gilmour, coordinator, Western North Carolina Citizens for an End to Institutional Bigotry

“This important and persuasive book explodes the myths surrounding slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader should be required reading for classroom teachers. It deals with crucial events in this nation’s history—and it is as current as today’s news.

—John Dittmer, author of Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi and The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care

“This is a fantastic collection of essential documents that I wish I’d had way back in my student days. It would have saved me many years of stumbling across them in piecemeal fashion. Their broad sweep gives the reader a good sense of the Confederacy’s foundations and a firm notion of why many of the issues that brought it into being are still with us today”

—Harold D. Williams, author of A People’s History of the Civil War: Struggles for the Meaning of Freedom and Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War

“This collection of documents associated with the history and memory of the times and events that led to the creation of the Southern Confederacy is an impressive educational tool for understanding and appreciating the pivotal period of the Civil War. The valuable historical data contained in these pages, taken from the words of those who created and influenced the critical events of the time, provide a striking understanding of the development and complexity of the Confederate ideology before, during, and after the Civil War. This book also traces the evolving historical interpretation of that most critically important period of national history and its impact upon present-day perceptions of the Civil War era.”

—James Oliver Horton, author of The Landmarks of African American History and co-editor of Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604732191
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
230,199
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Sociologist James W. Loewen, Washington, D.C., is the best-selling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. He is also the author of Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks; Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism; Social Science in the Classroom; and Mississippi: Conflict and Change. He is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont.

Edward H. Sebesta, Dallas, Texas, is a co-editor of Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction. His articles have appeared in numerous journals.

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