Domby explores how fabricated narratives about the war’s cause, Reconstruction, and slaveryas expounded at monument dedications and political rallieswere crucial to Jim Crow. He questions the persistent myth of the Confederate army as one of history’s greatest, revealing a convenient disregard of deserters, dissent, and Unionism, and exposes how pension fraud facilitated a myth of unwavering support of the Confederacy among nearly all white Southerners. Domby shows how the dubious concept of "black Confederates" was spun from a small number of elderly and indigent African American North Carolinians who got pensions by presenting themselves as "loyal slaves." The book concludes with a penetrating examination of how the Lost Cause narrative and the lies on which it is based continue to haunt the country today and still work to maintain racial inequality.
|Publisher:||University of Virginia Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|