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American Civil War - The Confederate Lost Cause Myth

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This is a 29 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on the American Civil War - Confederate Lost Cause Myth. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.

The "Lost Cause Myth" is the name commonly given to a literary and intellectual movement that sought to reconcile the traditional Southern white society to the defeat of the Confederate States of America in the Civil War.

Immediately after the war ended, the defeated Southern states had to form a coherent reason why they engaged in a rebellion against the Union. This reason could not highlight the centrality of slavery to the Southern cause, but instead had to minimize, or even deny the role of slavery.

Once the Yankee troops left the South, Southerners began forming memorials often funded and driven by the Daughters of the Confederacy and supported by many Southern veterans' groups. The purpose of this was to try and redefine the meaning of the war to ignore slavery, so that the Southern "heroes" would not seem like evil people seeking to hold down an entire race of people.

The "Lost Causers" tried to create an entire rewrite of history; excusing the war itself while practically deifying the Southern leaders, and making the northern leaders appear as fumbling buffoons. They even tried to state that the reality of slavery was not as bad as the North had lead everyone to believe. They reasoned that in fact many slaves embraced their situation. If that was not bad enough, they dismissed the more than 436 Jim Crow laws enacted while often defending the actions of the Ku Klux Klan.

The presentation covers the following:

Lost Cause Movement
Myth 1: The War Itself
United States Constitution
Confederate Generals
Lee & Jackson
Union Generals
Ulysses Grant
William Sherman
The Eastern Theater
Wartime Atrocities
Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln, The Monster
Proclamation Not in Effect
Myth 2: The Former Slaves
Slavery Contentment
Slave Soldiers
Guarding Against Revolt
Slavery’s Rationale
Lucky to Live in the USA
Blaming Britain
Myth 3: The Reconstruction
Puppet Republican Government
Final Indignities
End of Presentation

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