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Demon of the Lost Cause : Sherman and Civil War history

Author: Wesley Moody
Publisher: Columbia [Mo.] ; London : University of Missouri Press, ©2011.
Series: Shades of blue and gray series.
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At the end of the Civil War, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman was surprisingly more popular in the newly defeated South than he was in the North. Yet only thirty years later, his name was synonymous with evil and destruction in the South. Here, historian Wesley Moody examines these perplexing contradictions and how they and others function in past and present myths about Sherman. Demon of the Lost Cause  Read more...
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Moody, Wesley.
Demon of the Lost Cause.
Columbia [Mo.] ; London : University of Missouri Press, c2011
(OCoLC)711050980
Named Person: William T Sherman; William T Sherman; William T Sherman; William T Sherman; William T Sherman; William T Sherman; William T Sherman; William T Sherman; William T Sherman
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wesley Moody
ISBN: 9780826272669 0826272665
OCLC Number: 780531475
Description: 1 online resource (190 p.) : ill., ports.
Contents: The prewar years and the early war --
The Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea --
The commanding general versus the North --
The war of the memoirs --
Sherman's last years --
Sherman versus the Lost Cause --
Embracing the Lost Cause --
Sherman in film --
Sherman and the modern historians.
Series Title: Shades of blue and gray series.
Other Titles: Sherman and Civil War history
Responsibility: Wesley Moody.

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At the end of the Civil War, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman was surprisingly more popular in the newly defeated South than he was in the North. Yet only thirty years later, his name was synonymous with evil and destruction in the South. Here, historian Wesley Moody examines these perplexing contradictions and how they and others function in past and present myths about Sherman. Demon of the Lost Cause reveals the machinations behind the Sherman myth and the reasons behind the acceptance of such myths, no matter who invented them. In the case of Sherman's own mythmaking, Moody postulates that his motivation was to secure a military position to support his wife and children. For the other Sherman mythmakers, personal or political gain was typically the rationale. In tracing Sherman's ever-changing reputation, Moody sheds light on current and past understanding of the Civil War through the lens of one of its most controversial figures.--From publisher description.

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"In this careful reexamination of William Tecumseh Sherman's evolving reputation, Wesley Moody shows that a host of characters from both the North and South constructed a myth of modernity and Read more...

 
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