Civil War Memory and the Lost Cause

This is Anne Sarah Rubin’s lecture at the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Civil War memory and the development of the Lost Cause myth, from C-SPAN.  You can view it here.

3 comments

  1. Michael Rodgers · · Reply

    Aaah … the Confederate Catechism … it’s a religion.

  2. I thought she did a very good job in the limited time frame. I think this is one aspect of the war that does not get a good treatment in many courses, including my own surveys due to the way most end in 1865. Wars have beginnings and ends. How a war is remembered is important. As we often say thanks to George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The failure to remember the past accurately will result in repeating prior mistakes. Therefore we really need to include how the Civil War has been remembered in any course that involves the conflict.

  3. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Rubin mentions the “Confederate Catechism.” You can read it here.

    http://www.florida-scv.org/Camp1599/news.htm

    I also ran across the CoC (a junior SCV for kids) site and see it’s being used and copies can also be purchased.

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