Ghosts of the Confederacy

Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South 1865 to 1913
Author(s): 
Foster, Gaines M.
ISBN: 
0195054202
Date published: 
January 1989
Paperback
Price: 
£11.95
Pages: 
324

Through an examination of memoirs, personal papers, and postwar Confederate rituals, this book explores how white southerners adjusted to and interpreted their defeat, and analyses the cultural implications of a central event in American history. Foster argues that, contrary to southern folklore, southerners actually accepted their loss, rapidly embraced both reunion and a New South, and helped to foster sectional reconciliation and an emerging social order.