Day 25 Civil War Myths

Day 25 Civil War Myths - Final 4-30 minute essays in the 2...

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Final: 4-30 minute essays in the 2 hour time period Civil War Myths “Noble Unselfish Struggle” o a time of greater nobility o Used as a way of contrasting the time of the Civil War with reconstruction which wasn’t a good time at all o Profit-taking, trade with the enemy, both Presidents tolerated this o Bounty-jumpers, taking money for joining the army multiple times o If you were in the US, you could go West where the draft was not enforced o Some of the great Post-Civil War writers didn’t serve in the war Henry Adams, Henry James, William James, Mark Twain o Mark Twain makes fun of this “Southerners as Confederate Soldiers were superior fighters” o Lost Cause Myth o Attempts to explain why the Confederates lost o This came up with some rationale of why the Confederacy lost o It seems better to the makers of this myth-making that it was more honorable to be overwhelmed by superior numbers o Confederacy was both outnumbered and outfought “Ulysses S. Grant was a Butcher”
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