Jump to navigation Jump to search “Lost Cause” redirects here. Lost Cause ideology emerged in the decades after the war among former Confederate generals and politicians, as well as organizations like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Though it synthesizes numerous ideas, proponents of the Lost Cause primarily argued that slavery was not the main cause of the Civil War. Critics of the ideology have stated that white supremacy is a key characteristic of the Lost Cause narrative. Many white Southerners were devastated economically, emotionally, and psychologically by the defeat of the Confederacy. Before the war, many Southerners proudly felt that their rich military tradition and superior dedication to the concept of honor would enable them to prevail in the conflict.
University of Virginia professor Gary W. The architects of the Lost Cause acted from various motives. They collectively sought to justify their own actions and allow themselves and other former Confederates to find something positive in all-encompassing failure.