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Myth Of The Lost Cause: Why The Confederate Loss Was Not Inevitable

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For over a century, many writers and historians theorized that the Confederate loss during the Civil War was, in fact, inevitable, and that they were only fighting a losing war against an overwhelming invading force. This idea shows the southern gentleman, in his honor, taking up arms against what was obviously a superior foe in order to preserve their state’s rights, their families, and their homes, with no hope of coming out the victor in the contest. This is a romantic notion of a time forgotten where gentlemen fought a barbaric would-be conquering force in order that their economic tyranny be forced upon the southern gentleman. This can be countered by the fact that they were only looking for a way to soothe their own defeat, that many sought post-war political gain, and that invading the north during the war was a hope to achieve victory.
There are many myths about the American Civil War fought from 1861-1865. One such myth is that the south was forced into action by the tyranny of the north, specifically that of newly elected President Abraham Lincoln. Another was that the war was not about slavery in any way, shape or form; rather, it was a war over a state’s right to govern itself without interference from the federal government. But no other myth has permeated through the decades more than the myth of the Lost Cause, which presupposes the inevitability of defeat to the Union army. The term was first coined by journalist Edward Pollard in his 1866 book entitled “The Lost Cause” (Civil War: A Visual History). There are people today who will still argue that those men who fought for the confederacy were fighting an invading Yankee horde and were destined to lose. The north had high tariffs and an unwanted economic direction that the southern economy rejected, thus war. Like a machine, eating up everything in its path, uncaring for any man, woman, or child in its wake, the north waged a war of attrition against the southern genteel, and despite the honor and convictions lost; the north with their overreaching industrialization could not go unopposed. It is inconceivable to them that the Confederacy should have had any other outcome than that of its surrender at Appomattox, that winning against such industrial brutality was not going to happen. The denial of slavery as a catalyst for contention is part of the creation of this fable. This romantic revisionist history seeks to lessen the blow of defeat, and it taints history in order that it cures the wounds of the war itself.
Another point to make about this fable is a more individual point. After the war was over, many on both sides just wanted to move on with their lives. In order to do this, they would need work, prospects to build themselves up for a better future. Some even sought careers in politics and what better way to gain favor in their careers then by building themselves up with the southern citizenry? Ex-soldiers had partisan agendas causing a mini civil war of...

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