Posts Tagged ‘Lost Cause’

The ‘Birth of a Nation’ and the NAACP

February 22, 2021

In 1915 D.W. Griffith released a propaganda film, “The Birth of a Nation,” enshrining the neo-Confederate “Lost Cause” mythology, the KKK, and its racist justification., using White actors in blackface to perpetuate stereotypes. The NAACP, founded in 1909, largely as anti-lynching organization, understandably protested the film’s screening. Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, with Vincent Brown, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Imani Perry. From Black History in 2 Minutes (Or So).

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Southern Socialites’ Alternative History Campaign

August 17, 2020

The United Daughters of the Confederacy pushed the “Lost Cause” movement, revising history to reinterpret the South after the American Civil War. These women from elite antebellum families used their social, financial,  and political clout to pressure local governments to erect monuments to Confederate heroes. They formed textbook review committees to determine what Southern schoolchildren learned about the war, indoctinating children about the Confederate cause, ensuring that generations grew up as segregationists. A Vox video.

Related:

“The Secret History of America’s Worthless Confederate Monuments,” Kate Wagner, The New Republic

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Removing Confederate Monuments

August 18, 2017

“I didn’t start the problems with race in this country, but I did force the people of New Orleans to confront them,” reflects Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.

The monuments:

More:

‘The Confederacy lost and we’re better for it’: New Orleans mayor,” USA Today

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