Lost Cause Ideology

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At the end of reconstruction, Southern whites wanted to recreate the image of the south as tolerate and humane. This ideology is known as the “lost cause” the lost cause states that the civil war was fought in order to maintain states’ rights and protect the family. The idea of states’ rights being the reason for the civil war created an image of the south as tolerate. As well as restored the souths feeling of bravery, rebellion, and resistance against the national government. The creation of lost cause ideology also contributed to the reunification of the south to the rest of the union.
Another aspect of lost cause ideology, is the shaping of consumer culture. Throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century, Caricatures such as Aunt
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African Americans dominated and were able to throw all of the white men off the train. Once the town heard of the altercation, tensions got heated. However, unexpectedly two white females who bared the resemblance of males, Victoria Price and Ruby Bastes, emerged and accused all 9 men of raping them. The boys were thrown in jail and declared guilty, The Scottsboro case and trail is multilayered. For Alabama the Scottsboro case was a recreation of the civil war and the north constantly setting the standard for what is okay for southern society. While for Northerners mostly communist it was an opportunity to display the power of equality and communism. The NAACP and the communist party linked together to support and provide legal representation for the boys. Since most lynching in the south was rooted from rape allegations and the protection of white womanhood, it was no surprise that that southerners acted this way towards the males despite the loads of evidence against the female’s story- the white women pedestal was exposed. The case also exposed Alabama for intentionally excluding blacks from being on the jury showing the political dishonesty based on race in the U.S. The Scottsboro case displayed the social, sectional, political, gender, and racial issues in the USA, but not without sharpening tensions nationally.

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