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American87

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I'm not even sure what "Lost Cause" is. Some people say it's when Southerners tried to retain their ways of life during Reconstruction, while others, typically Northerners, argue that it's any positive or sympathetic opinion about the Civil War South. If we could get a consensus on what it means, then we can decide if its real or not.

I think it's a bogeyman that's used to discredit a "pro-Southern" argument without having to use facts or sources.
 

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The Lost Cause is that body of work produced following the Civil War which justified the position taken by the states that attempted to secede.
Eric Foner briefly describes the 'Lost Cause' as having three elements:
1. Slavery was a fairly benign institution, which probably should have been ended eventually, but it was good for Blacks who were well treated and introduced to Christianity;
2. The Civil War was about States' Rights and local self-government, not slavery; our soldiers fought gallantly and we should respect them all;
3. Reconstruction was a disaster because Blacks were given the right to vote. It was a tremendous mistake to give Blacks the right to vote: therefore, the violent campaigns to take away their right to vote was justified.
"The Lost Cause is a glorification of the Confederacy, but it's also a glorification of White Supremacy."
From Uncovering Reconstruction, a January 21, 2019 interview. Comments appear at the 43-minute point. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/uncovering-the-civil-war/e/58309163?autoplay=true
There is a recent thread that discussed the Lost Cause which you might find helpful: "Agree to Define 'Lost Cause'", https://civilwartalk.com/threads/agree-to-define-lost-cause.157834/
 
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