It’s dangerous when we allow the losers to rewrite history

It’s dangerous when we allow the losers to rewrite history

Immediately following the Confederate States of America’s defeat, former political and military leaders gave speeches and wrote memoirs that told a false, more flattering narrative of the conflict. Rather than a desire to protect the institution of slavery, Confederates said they had been defending states’ rights from a tyrannical federal government and had fought a defensive war against an invading Northern army. Being outgunned and outmanned, their chances had been doomed from the start — but they had fought honorably in defense of their homeland and there was no shame in eventually capitulating.

And so, the myth of the Lost Cause was born.

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