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By Thomas Lawrence Connelly

More than a century after Appomattox, the Civil warfare and the belief of the "Lost reason" stay on the middle of the southern brain. God and normal Longstreet strains the patience and the transformation of the misplaced reason from the 1st iteration of former Confederates to newer occasions, while the misplaced reason has persevered to suffer within the dedication of southerners to their nearby culture.

Southern writers from the accomplice interval during the southern renascence and into the Seventies fostered the misplaced reason, developing a picture of the South that was once right now romantic and tragic. via analyzing the paintings of those writers, Thomas Connelly and Barbara Bellows clarify why the country embraced this photograph and description the evolution of the misplaced reason mentality from its origins within the South's give up to its position in a century´┐Żlong nationwide expression of defeat that prolonged from 1865 throughout the Vietnam struggle. As Connelly and Bellows show, the misplaced reason was once a recognition of mortality in an American global striving for perfection, an admission of failure juxtaposed opposed to a countrywide religion in success.

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