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.
Author: Wesley Moody
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
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 typicallythe 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.
... these men became increasingly ensconced at the heights of the cult of the Lost Cause, presenting evangelicals with ... code” and proclaimed that “nothing but
the hempen cord can exorcise the thin-skinned, bloodthirsty demon of the code.
Author: Joe Coker
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
In the late 1800s, Southern evangelicals believed contemporary troubles—everything from poverty to political corruption to violence between African Americans and whites—sprang from the bottles of “demon rum” regularly consumed in the South. Though temperance quickly gained support in the antebellum North, Southerners cast a skeptical eye on the movement, because of its ties with antislavery efforts. Postwar evangelicals quickly realized they had to make temperance appealing to the South by transforming the Yankee moral reform movement into something compatible with southern values and culture. In Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause: Southern White Evangelicals and the Prohibition Movement, Joe L. Coker examines the tactics and results of temperance reformers between 1880 and 1915. Though their denominations traditionally forbade the preaching of politics from the pulpit, an outgrowth of evangelical fervor led ministers and their congregations to sound the call for prohibition. Determined to save the South from the evils of alcohol, they played on southern cultural attitudes about politics, race, women, and honor to communicate their message. The evangelicals were successful in their approach, negotiating such political obstacles as public disapproval the church’s role in politics and vehement opposition to prohibition voiced by Jefferson Davis. The evangelical community successfully convinced the public that cheap liquor in the hands of African American “beasts” and drunkard husbands posed a serious threat to white women. Eventually, the code of honor that depended upon alcohol-centered hospitality and camaraderie was redefined to favor those who lived as Christians and supported the prohibition movement. Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause is the first comprehensive survey of temperance in the South. By tailoring the prohibition message to the unique context of the American South, southern evangelicals transformed the region into a hotbed of temperance activity, leading the national prohibition movement.
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then , with flashing eyes and heroic atti tude , she points her hand at the cowering
wretch and rushes towards him , fiercely cryingMurderer ! Reptile ! Accursed ...
As he had demon- strated in the West, Grant was a relentless enemy, undeterred
by set- backs or defeats. “The art of war is simple enough,” he explained later. “
Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike at him as ...
Author: Jeffry D. Wert
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A balanced portrait of the controversial Confederate cavalryman describes his military contributions, contentious relationships with his staff and subordinates, and battlefield death at the age of thirty-one. Reprint.
Gary W. Gallagher, however, convincingly demon— strates that Early was pivotal
in shaping a heroic image of Lee and of the Confederate military effort (Foster,
Ghosts, 60-61; Gallagher, “Jubal A. Early, the Lost Cause, and Civil War History,”
Author: Caroline E. Janney
Publisher: UNC Press Books
As early as 1865, survivors of the Civil War were acutely aware that people were purposefully shaping what would be remembered about the war and what would be omitted from the historical record. In Remembering the Civil War, Caroline E. Janney examines how the war generation--men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates--crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. Janney maintains that the participants never fully embraced the reconciliation so famously represented in handshakes across stone walls. Instead, both Union and Confederate veterans, and most especially their respective women's organizations, clung tenaciously to their own causes well into the twentieth century. Janney explores the subtle yet important differences between reunion and reconciliation and argues that the Unionist and Emancipationist memories of the war never completely gave way to the story Confederates told. She challenges the idea that white northerners and southerners salved their war wounds through shared ideas about race and shows that debates about slavery often proved to be among the most powerful obstacles to reconciliation.
an.1 attack the enemy's left flank ; but Pope taking the alarm . , sastily re treated
beyond the Rappahannock . While Gen. Lee was making demon . strations at
various points of the river , Jackson's forces , some twenty - five thousand strong ,
Mr. Seward declined to make any official recognition of the commissioners, but
very readily consented, for purposes which the sequel demon Btrated, to hold
verbal conferences with them, through the friendly intermediation of Judge
Author: Edward H. BonekemperPublish On: 2015-10-05
He concluded that the war was a struggle between “the friends of Constitutional
Liberty” and the “Demon of Centralism, Absolutism, [and] Despotism!”123 The
states' rights rationale was off and running! Jefferson Davis did some revisionism
Author: Edward H. Bonekemper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A book to challenge the status quo, spark a debate, and get people talking about the issues and questions we face as a country!
Moody, Wesley, Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History (
Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2011). Perman, Michael, The Southern
Political Tradition: Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History (Baton ...
Author: William A. Blair
Publisher: UNC Press Books
The Journal of the Civil War Era Volume 2, Number 3 September 2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS Articles Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture Joan Waugh "I Only Knew What Was in My Mind": Ulysses S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox Patrick Kelly The North American Crisis of the 1860s Carole Emberton "Only Murder Makes Men": Reconsidering the Black Military Experience Caroline E. Janney "I Yield to No Man an Iota of My Convictions": Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Limits of Reconciliation Book Reviews Books Received Review Essay David S. Reynolds Reading the Sesquicentennial: New Directions in the Popular History of the Civil War Notes on Contributors The Journal of the Civil War Era takes advantage of the flowering of research on the many issues raised by the sectional crisis, war, Reconstruction, and memory of the conflict, while bringing fresh understanding to the struggles that defined the period, and by extension, the course of American history in the nineteenth century.
For the Gilded Age's memory of Sherman's March to the Sea, consult Wesley
Moody's Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History (University of
Missouri, Columbus, MO, 2011). Concerning the atrocities blamed on Sherman's
Author: Charles O'Brien
Publisher: Kensington Books
From the slaughterhouses of Manhattan to the elite enclaves of Saratoga Springs, private detective Pamela Thompson follows a trail of death and deception left by a Civil War hero. . . Death In Saratoga Springs New York City, 1894. Captain Jed Crake is a decorated veteran of the Union army and a successful mogul in the meatpacking industry. But this powerful man also has a hidden private life as a predator of young women. Working for attorney Jeremiah Prescott, private investigators Pamela Thompson and former NYPD detective Harry Miller are engaged to search for a maid allegedly abducted by the captain. . . Before they can find the missing woman, Crake's dark history catches up with him and he is murdered in a posh hotel in Saratoga Springs. As fate would have it, Pamela's ward, Francesca Ricci, working as a chambermaid in the hotel, is accused of the crime. Now, in this pastoral playground of the idle rich, it's up to Pamela and Miller to find Crake's killer--as well as his victim--and save an innocent girl from a fate worse than death. Praise for Death of a Robber Baron "O'Brien captures the colorful details and varied characters of an opulent era deftly." --Publishers Weekly "A pleasingly detailed look at the age of the robber barons along with enough strongly characterized suspects to keep readers guessing." --Kirkus Reviews "The author skillfully weaves in fascinating details about American social history. Pair with Stefanie Pintoff, and also recommend for fans of Rhys Bowen's ‘Molly Murphy' series." --Library Journal
Author: John S.D. EisenhowerPublish On: 2014-10-07
Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History. Columbia, MO:
University of Missouri Press, 2011. Peters, Charles, Autobiography of Charles
Peters. Sacramento: The LaGrave Co., 1915. Reed, Germaine M. David French
Author: John S.D. Eisenhower
From respected historian John S. D. Eisenhower comes a surprising portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War general whose path of destruction cut the Confederacy in two, broke the will of the Southern population, and earned him a place in history as “the first modern general.” Yet behind his reputation as a fierce warrior was a sympathetic man of complex character. A century and a half after the Civil War, Sherman remains one of its most controversial figures—the soldier who brought the fight not only to the Confederate Army, but to Confederate civilians as well. Yet Eisenhower, a West Point graduate and a retired brigadier general (Army Reserves), finds in Sherman a man of startling contrasts, not at all defined by the implications of “total war.” His scruffy, disheveled appearance belied an unconventional and unyielding intellect. Intensely loyal to superior officers, especially Ulysses S. Grant, he was also a stalwart individualist. Confident enough to make demands face-to-face with President Lincoln, he sympathetically listened to the problems of newly freed slaves on his famed march from Atlanta to Savannah. Dubbed “no soldier” during his years at West Point, Sherman later rose to the rank of General of the Army, and though deeply committed to the Union cause, he held the people of the South in great affection. In this remarkable reassessment of Sherman’s life and career, Eisenhower takes readers from Sherman’s Ohio origins and his fledgling first stint in the Army, to his years as a businessman in California and his hurried return to uniform at the outbreak of the war. From Bull Run through Sherman’s epic March to the Sea, Eisenhower offers up a fascinating narrative of a military genius whose influence helped preserve the Union—and forever changed war.
Like some editors and television producers, some scientists believe the public is
too ignorant or too stupid to understand science, that the enterprise of
popularization is fundamentally a lost cause, or even that it's tantamount to
Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms. Praise for The Demon-Haunted World “Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”—The Washington Post Book World “Compelling.”—USA Today “A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”—The Sciences “Passionate.”—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
Demon of the Lost Cause is included in the University of Missouri's Blue and
Gray Series , which offers Civil War ... Southern Lost Cause historians bitterly
denounced Sherman's total war approach in Georgia , blaming him directly for
This is the firsthand account of a United States Marine during the American Civil War. Beside the average routine of shipboard life, Gregg experienced major battles and the hunt for Confederate raiders.
Author: Adrienne Sachse
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson
This is the firsthand account of a United States Marine during the American Civil War. Beside the average routine of shipboard life, Gregg experienced major battles and the hunt for Confederate raiders. Anyone who wants a better understanding of the navy during the Civil War, especially a scholar doing research, would appreciate this book.
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heard it they thought the Demon and all his angels were after them . ... Those
indebted to “ The Lost Cause " in subscriptions for the past years will please remit
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assumed above all with the “ Lost Cause , ” has gone exists among us is
abundantly demon- bravely to manufacturing door - mats , thus strated — not
more apparently ...
I tried to fight against it, but that was a lost cause. I told my father and he blamed
me, saying I was a demon and the fruits of Satan through my actions. The young
man I met then appeared in the black cloak and told me to kneel for a new ...
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... expel a demon that was believed to be the cause of epilepsy). The following
verses extracted from this ballad contain the essential surgical features,
beginning with the announcement of the Neolithic medicine-man: This patient
must be now ...
Author: Richard Rudgley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A British scholar challenges the conventional view of the Stone Age as minimally civilized, pointing out the many advances of its peoples, from their maps of the constellations to their innovations in boat building.