History and Myth Why We Misunderstand the Civil War Era

Here’s Professor Paul Escott of Wake Forest University dispelling some popular myths about the Civil War.

The video’s description reads, “Reynolds Professor of History Paul Escott will examine two influential myths about the Civil War era: the South’s myth of the Lost Cause and the North’s more recent myth of Lincoln as a champion of black rights. Dr. Escott will explore why these myths were created and how they distort historical reality.”


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