The Lost Cause By Edward Pollard Essay

1131 Words Dec 1st, 2015 5 Pages
On April 9, 1865, the Civil War ended, the Confederates gave up their fight against the Union; thus beginning the reconstruction period in America. Much of the South was devastated over the loss of the Confederacy and they had nothing to rally behind or hope for. In 1866, Edward Pollard first coined the term, “The Lost Cause”, which helped many people who originated in the South cope with life after the Civil War and keep their faith belonging to the South. The “Lost Cause” left a glaring legacy and it was the most influential movement in the country after the Civil War because it united many Southern folks, helped the Reconstruction process, and it gave women an influential role in society.
To begin with, The “Lost Cause” united many southern folks. The defeat was still fresh in the minds of the Southerners and they needed something to rally around. The “Lost Cause” still believed that the Confederacy was valiant and brave in their fight with the North, which enticed many Southerners to support the cause. The “Lost Cause” viewed the Civil War as an honorable struggle for the Southern way of life while disregarding the essential role of slavery. Yale Professor Roland Osterweis summarizes "Lost Cause" as, “The Legend of the Lost Cause began as mostly a literary expression of the despair of a bitter, defeated people over a lost identity. It was a landscape dotted with figures drawn mainly out of the past: the chivalric planter; the magnolia-scented Southern belle; the good,…

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