The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause"

By James W. Loewen

Most americans carry uncomplicated misconceptions in regards to the Confederacy, the Civil warfare, and the activities of next neo-Confederates. for instance, thirds of Americans―including such a lot historical past teachers―think the accomplice States seceded for “states’ rights.” this mistake persists simply because so much have by no means learn the major records in regards to the Confederacy.

These files have regularly been there. whilst South Carolina seceded, it released “Declaration of the fast motives Which result in and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” The record truly opposes states’ rights. Its authors argue that Northern states have been ignoring the rights of slave proprietors as pointed out by means of Congress and within the structure. equally, Mississippi’s “Declaration of the fast motives …” says, “Our place is punctiliously pointed out with the establishment of slavery―the maximum fabric curiosity of the world.”

Later files during this assortment express how neo-Confederates obfuscated this fact, beginning round 1890. The facts additionally issues to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate concept even this present day and to the continued value of neo-Confederate rules in American political lifestyles. The a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of secession and civil struggle offers a second for all americans to learn those files, appropriately set in context by way of award-winning sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to install point of view the mythology of the previous South.

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By James W. Loewen

Most americans carry uncomplicated misconceptions in regards to the Confederacy, the Civil warfare, and the activities of next neo-Confederates. for instance, thirds of Americans―including such a lot historical past teachers―think the accomplice States seceded for “states’ rights.” this mistake persists simply because so much have by no means learn the major records in regards to the Confederacy.

These files have regularly been there. whilst South Carolina seceded, it released “Declaration of the fast motives Which result in and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” The record truly opposes states’ rights. Its authors argue that Northern states have been ignoring the rights of slave proprietors as pointed out by means of Congress and within the structure. equally, Mississippi’s “Declaration of the fast motives …” says, “Our place is punctiliously pointed out with the establishment of slavery―the maximum fabric curiosity of the world.”

Later files during this assortment express how neo-Confederates obfuscated this fact, beginning round 1890. The facts additionally issues to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate concept even this present day and to the continued value of neo-Confederate rules in American political lifestyles. The a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of secession and civil struggle offers a second for all americans to learn those files, appropriately set in context by way of award-winning sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to install point of view the mythology of the previous South.

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Rose, “The caution of Robert E. Lee,” The voters’ Council 2 #5 (2/1957). 29. The electorate’ Council three number one (11/1957), four. 30. David Kushner, Levittown (NY: Walker, 2009), 202, 205; show on Levittown, PA kingdom Museum, Harrisburg, 9/2002. 31. The voters’ Council four #3 (12/1958), four. 32. “Conditions in U. S. this day supply Alarming Parallel to First Reconstruction period of a Century Ago,” The voters’ Council five #11 (8/1960). 33. In a 1988 casual ballot via the yank Library organization, long past With the Wind gained extra votes for “Best booklet within the Library” than all different books ever released, mixed; “A favourite Still,” Burlington unfastened Press (1/24/1988).

Fifty eight Dwyer practices background by means of statement. He bargains no footnotes or bibliography and riddles his e-book with mistakes. for example, he lauds the slave South for its experience of “responsibility to the land. ” truly, care of the land has lengthy been an Achilles heel of plantation agriculture, which emphasizes speedy go back on funding. That’s one this is because the Cotton South stored relocating southwest, to discover virgin soil to despoil. Dwyer writes, “a individual may perhaps stroll for 100 miles in a few elements of South Carolina and not meet someone who was once no longer of Scots-Irish descent.

After Lee signed, he instructed recruiting different ex-Confederate leaders who may well signal and inspired others to assemble extra signatures. the aim of the letter is to undermine and oppose the civil rights guidelines of the Republican get together in the course of Reconstruction. via this letter, Robert E. Lee performs an important function in defeating civil rights and condemning African americans to a century of discrimination and violence. The letter is addressed to Rosecrans. normal: i've got the respect to obtain your letter of this date, and, based on your advice, i've got conferred with a few gents from the South, in whose judgment i've got self belief, and who're good familiar with the general public sentiment in their respective States.

60 Methodist Church, 29 Mexico, 15, 23, 36-39, 44-45, fifty eight, 87, ninety one, 128, 135-36, 396n12, 405n22 Mexican warfare, 36-39, 151, 272 Michigan, 5-7, one hundred fifteen, 141-42 Mill, John Stuart, 369 Minnesota, 7, 394n3, 394n4 “miscegenation,” 73-74, 242 Mississippi, eight, 15, 17, 18, forty four, sixty five, ninety two, 100-1, 161, 167, 170-72, 203, 207, 231, 234, 237-38, 242, 247, 277, 280-81, 301- three, 306-9, 324, 332, 338-39, 355, 368, 380, 385, 403n7, 410n16, 410n19 secession assertion, 6, 127-29 Mississippi River, one hundred forty five, 203, 206 Mississippi nation college, 286 Missouri, forty, forty two, eighty two, 136, 149, a hundred and fifty five, 167, 223, 240, 272 Missouri Compromise, 36, forty four, forty six, fifty five, one hundred thirty five, 153, 275, 402n33 Mitchell, Margaret.

10 different textbooks throw price lists into the combo. the yankee festival, for example, admits, “The low Tariff of 1857, handed principally through southern votes, used to be no longer in itself menacing. ” however, it is going directly to hypothesize, “But who may possibly inform whilst the ‘greedy’ Republicans could win regulate of Congress and force via their very own oppressive protecting tariff? ” This turns out believable, simply because after senators from the Deep South left the U. S. Senate early in 1861, that physique, now ruled by way of Republicans, handed the next tariff in March.

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