The Real Lost Cause: The Idea of Union in the Memory of the Civil War By Gary W. Gallagher
On November 17, 2010, Gary W. Gallagher delivered a talk on “The Real Lost Cause: The Idea of Union in the Memory of the Civil War” at the Alexander W. Weddell Trustees Lecture.
2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Only through the bloodiest conflict of our history did Americans resolve long-running disputes over Union and slavery. Ever since then, the significance of the war—its advent and its many outcomes—has stirred debate and study. In “The Real Lost Cause: The Idea of Union in the Memory of the Civil War,” Gary W. Gallagher addressed the way North and South have reflected on the nature of what it meant to be a part of the United States of America.
At the time of this lecture, Dr. Gallagher was the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professor and Nau Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the author of The Confederate War and Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War.
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