By Gaines M. Foster
After Lee and furnish met at Appomatox court docket apartment in 1865 to signal the record finishing the lengthy and bloody Civil conflict, the South finally needed to face defeat because the dream of a accomplice country melted into the misplaced reason. via an exam of memoirs, own papers, and postwar accomplice rituals similar to memorial day observances, monument unveilings, and veterans' reunions, Ghosts of the Confederacy probes into how white southerners adjusted to and interpreted their defeat and explores the cultural implications of a significant occasion in American heritage. Foster argues that, opposite to southern folklore, southerners truly authorized their loss, quickly embraced either reunion and a brand new South, and helped to foster sectional reconciliation and an rising social order. He lines southerners' fascination with the misplaced Cause--showing that it was once rooted as a lot in social tensions due to quick switch because it was once within the legacy of defeat--and demonstrates that the general public social gathering of the warfare helped to make the South a respectful and conservative society. even supposing the ghosts of the Confederacy nonetheless haunted the hot South, Foster concludes that they did little to form habit in it--white southerners, in celebrating the warfare, finally trivialized its reminiscence, lowered its cultural strength, and didn't derive any detailed knowledge from defeat.
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