The term lost cause first appeared in the title of an 1866 book by the virginian author and journalist edward a pollard, the lost cause: a new southern history of the war of the confederates pollard promotes many of the aforementioned themes of the lost cause.
The myth of the lost cause and civil war history offers stunning proof of beale’s prescience the mainstream explanation of the war which flourished from 1861 to about 1900, beale wrote, was the “devil theory”: the war was caused by a “conspiracy of selfish or wicked men” against the union.
In the myth of the lost cause, historian edward bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago other books by this author. The term lost cause of the south (also lost cause of the confederacy) refers to a number of interpretations of the american civil war from an effectively pro-southern perspective the idea of the lost cause provides a good example of denialism , especially denialism of the chief underlying cause of the war, slavery.
Central to this enterprise, as the historian david blight writes in his masterly race and reunion, was the construction of monuments that, from the mid-1880s to the mid-1920s, memorialized the myth of the “lost cause” their erection was not to memorialize, but to polemicize.
The myth of the lost cause and civil war history bloomington: indiana university press, 2000 bloomington: indiana university press, 2000 janney, caroline e burying the dead but not the past: ladies' memorial associations and the lost cause.