The Lost Cause - The Lost Cause (Lecture 1) I. Southerners...

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The Lost Cause (Lecture 1) I. Southerners Troubled by Feelings of Bitterness and Resentment (Eric Hobsbawm) A. Three levels of response to failure of the war i. Initial shock – hopelessness of further action ii. Discovery of home conditions upon return from the armies iii. Long term problem of readjusting B. Southerners thought that since they were defeated they would now be humiliated as well i. Reaction = defiance and to tell their side of the story ii. Look back at how great things were “Before the War” C. Returning Confederate veterans faced problems of readjustment and losses of loved ones (had not learned of this while in war) i. In Texas soldiers regarded at best with indifference a. Were a reminder of the lost and humiliation of the war D. Returning veterans brought back with them head lice E. Not a time to form veterans clubs, war memorials, or write songs – it would be some time before the Lost Cause movement got started II. The “New South” Invents the “Old South” (Thomas Nelson Page) ****
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