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The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader : the "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause."

Author: Loewen, James W.; James W Loewen; Edward H Sebesta
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi 2010.
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Most Americans hold basic misconceptions about the Confederacy, the Civil War, and the actions of subsequent neo-Confederates. For example, two thirds of Americans--including most history teachers--think the Confederate States seceded for "states' rights." This error persists because most have never read the key documents about the Confederacy. These documents have always been there. When South Carolina seceded, it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Sources
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Loewen, James W.; James W Loewen; Edward H Sebesta
ISBN: 1282821326 9781282821323
OCLC Number: 816598792
Description: 1 online resource (368 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
Acknowledgments and Photo Credits --
Introduction: Unknown Well-Known Documents --
Chapter 1 The Gathering Storm (17878211;1860) --
Debate Over Slavery At the Constitutional Convention, August 218211;22, 1787 --
John C. Calhoun (17828211;1850), 8220;On Abolition Petitions,8221; U.S. Senate, February 6, 1837 --
Alabama Platform, February 148211;15, 1848 --
John C. Calhoun (17828211;1850), 8220;Address to the Southern People,8221; U.S. Senate, January 22, 1849 --
James H. Thornwell (18128211;62), The Rights and the Duties of the Masters, May 26, 1850 --
Resolves of the Southern Convention At Nashville, June 108211;11, 1850 --
Journal, Resolution, and Ordinance, State Convention of South Carolina, April 268211;30, 1852 --
Two Images of Slavery: Confederate $100 Bill (1862) and Obelisk, Fort Mill, South Carolina (1895) --
Samuel A. Cartwright (17938211;1863), 8220;Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race,8221; 1851 --
Slave Jail, Alexandria, C. 1859 --
Jefferson Davis (18088211;89), 8220;Endorsement8221;; T.L. Clingman (18128211;97), 8220;Endorsement8221;; and J.H. Van Evrie (18148211;96), 8220;Negroes and Negro 8216;Slavery, The First An Inferior Race8212;The Latter, Its Normal Condition,8221; 1853 --
George Fitzhugh (18068211;81), Cannibals All! Or Slaves Without Masters, 1857 --
Alexander H. Stephens (18128211;83), 8220;Speech on the Bill to Admit Kansas As a State Under the Topeka Constitution,8221; House of Representatives, June 28, 1856 --
Jefferson Davis (18088211;89), Speech At State Fair, Augusta, Maine, September 29, 1858 --
John B. Gordon (18328211;1904), 8220;An Address Delivered Before the Thalian & Phi Delta Societies of Oglethorpe University,8221; June 18, 1860 --
Chapter 2 Secession (18598211;1861) --
South Carolina General Assembly, 8220;Resolutions for a Southern Convention,8221; December 22, 1859 --
Jefferson Davis, Congressional Resolutions on 8220;Relations of States,8221; U.S. Senate, March 1, 1860 --
Official Proceedings of the Democratic Convention, April 288211;May 1, 1860 --
Benjamin Palmer (18188211;1902), 8220;Thanksgiving Sermon,8221; November 29, 1860 --
Christiana Banner, 1994 (1911, 1851) --
South Carolina Secession Convention, 8220;Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina From the Federal Union,8221; December 24, 1860 --
South Carolina Secession Convention, 8220;The Address of the People of South Carolina, Assembled in Convention, To the People of the Slaveholding States of the United States 1861,8221; December 24, 1860 --
Mississippi Secession Convention, 8220;A Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi From the Federal Union,8221; January 26, 1861 --
Florida Secession Convention, 8220;Cause for Secession,8221; January 7, 1861 --
Alabama Secession Convention, 8220;Resolution of Resistance,8221; January 7, 1861, and 8220;Ordinance of Secession,8221; January 11, 1861 --
Georgia Committee of Seventeen, 8220;Report on Causes for Secession,8221; January 29, 1861 --
Texas Secession Convention, 8220;A Declaration of the Causes Which Impel the State of Texas to Secede From the Federal Union,8221; February 2, 1861 --
George Williamson (18298211;82), Louisiana Secession Commissioner, 8220;Letter to President and Gentlemen of the Convention of the People of Texas,8221; February 11, 1861 --
Henry L. Benning (18148211;75), 8.

Abstract:

Most Americans hold basic misconceptions about the Confederacy, the Civil War, and the actions of subsequent neo-Confederates. For example, two thirds of Americans--including most history teachers--think the Confederate States seceded for "states' rights." This error persists because most have never read the key documents about the Confederacy. These documents have always been there. When South Carolina seceded, it published "Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union." The document actually opposes states' rights. Its authors argue that Northern states were ignoring the rights of slave owners as identified by Congress and in the Constitution. Similarly, Mississippi's "Declaration of the Immediate Causes " says, "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery--the greatest material interest of the world." Later documents in this collection show how neo-Confederates obfuscated this truth, starting around 1890. The evidence also points to the centrality of race in neo-Confederate thought even today and to the continuing importance of neo-Confederate ideas in American political life. The 150th anniversary of secession and civil war provides a moment for all Americans to read these documents, properly set in context by award-winning sociologist and historian James W. Loewen and co-editor, Edward H. Sebesta, to put in perspective the mythology of the Old South.

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