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The Lost Cause ideology that emerged after the Civil War and flourished in the early twentieth century in essence sought to recast a struggle to perpetuate slavery as a heroic defense of the South. As Adam Domby reveals here, this was not only an insidious goal; it was founded on falsehoods. The False Cause focuses on North Carolina to examine the role of lies and exaggeration in the creation of the Lost Cause narrative. In the process the book shows how these lies have long obscured the past and been used to buttress white supremacy in ways that resonate to this day.

Domby explores how fabricated narratives about the war’s cause, Reconstruction, and slavery—as expounded at monument dedications and political rallies—were crucial to Jim Crow. He questions the persistent myth of the Confederate army as one of history’s greatest, revealing a convenient disregard of deserters, dissent, and Unionism, and exposes how pension fraud facilitated a myth of unwavering support of the Confederacy among nearly all white Southerners. Domby shows how the dubious concept of "black Confederates" was spun from a small number of elderly and indigent African American North Carolinians who got pensions by presenting themselves as "loyal slaves." The book concludes with a penetrating examination of how the Lost Cause narrative and the lies on which it is based continue to haunt the country today and still work to maintain racial inequality.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. 1. Rewriting the Past in Stone
  2. pp. 24-56
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  1. 2. Inventing Confederates
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. 3. The Loyal Deserters
  2. pp. 87-114
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  1. 4. Playing the Faithful Slave
  2. pp. 115-142
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  1. 5. The Soldiers Who Weren’t
  2. pp. 143-171
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 172-181
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 182-185
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 186-233
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 234-257
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 258-269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813943770
MARC Record
OCLC
1107057412
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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