What Are the Best Books on the Lost Cause?

BlightI have been asked this several times yesterday and today by history buffs, pastors, and general readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  If you could assign one or two books to someone who does not know much about the “Lost Cause,” what would you recommend?

Let me get us started with:

Garry Gallagher, ed. The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History

Charles Wilson, Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865-1920]

James Louwen and Edward Sebasta, The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The Great Truth About the “Lost Cause.” (This is mostly primary documents)

David Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

3 thoughts on “What Are the Best Books on the Lost Cause?

  1. Anne Marshall’s “Creating a Confederate Kentucky”

    the chapter of carpetbaggers and Klansmen (specifically, how white northern attitudes towards them shifted during Reconstruction) in K. Stephen Prince’s “Stories of the South”


  2. Charles Reagan Wilson’s “Ghosts of the Confederacy” and Caroline Janney’s “Remembering the Civil War” are go-to’s. Kirk Savage has an excellent chapter on the Lee Monument in Richmond in his book “Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves.”


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