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

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Most Americans hold basic misconceptions about the Confederacy, the Civil War, and the actions of subsequent neo-Confederates. For example, two thirds of Americans--including most history teachers--think the Confederate States seceded for "states' rights." This error persists because most have never read the key documents about the Confederacy.

These documents have always b...more
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Published January 5th 2011 by University Press of Mississippi (first published July 28th 2010)
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Amatullah Richard
James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, takes on Neo Confederates and Confederate apologists by presenting original documents written by the states as the seceded. He definitively proves the Southern states seceded because of slavery NOT because of state's rights. Actually they objected to Northern states putting into practice state's rights in their refusal to abide by the Fugitive Slave Law. Loewen also demonstrates a long and intentional fight by conservative Southerners to rewrite h...more
Blake Gaudet
This isn't so much a book as it is a collection of documents with a few annotations mixed in. That being said, it's an important collection of documents that all U.S. History teachers should read. Throughout my entire schooling I was told that the causes of the Civil War were multiple and complex, and that the Confederate cause couldn't be characterized as simply protecting slavery. These documents help bust the "State's Rights" myth and expose the "Lost Cause" as a pro-slavery movement, period....more
This is a really excellent collection of primary sources. The sources from about 1840 to 1880 show that if you could ask the actual people who supported secession what their reasons were for doing so, they wouldn't say states' rights or tariffs. But they would say slavery and white supremacy. They were actually AGAINST states' rights, because in the secession documents themselves they list their reasons as: other states don't allow slavery, other states refuse to return runaway slaves, territori...more
An important collection of primary documents, ranging from the 1820s to the 1990s, detailing the facts behind secession (I'll give you a hint: it was 99 and 44/100% purely about slavery) and the post war morphing of the cause to that of white supremacy and "states rights" (which is funny because an oft-cited reason for secession at the time was the Northern states' foot-dragging when it came to the Fugitive Slave Act).

Loewen doesn't write nearly enough for my taste, his works are eminently reada...more
Daniel Farabaugh
A must have source for material relating to the Civil War. I did not technically read this as it a collection of documents but it will make a very welcome addition as a reference source. Very convincingly makes the case that the Civil War was abotu slavery and that all other arguements are obfuscations of this.
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I won this in a raffle at the Lincoln Group dinner tonight. It looks very interesting.
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