Suggested material for Week Four on the power of the Lost Cause
Three motion pictures set out below and the PBS series Reconstruction is a good start for this week.
|A PBS film that explores the controversy over Griffith's film Birth of a Nation
|The first major television series to challenge the Lost Cause
Three articles worth reading are "Mildred Rutherford's War" in The New York Review of Books, Dec. 7, 2023 and "Here's the Civil War They Don't Want You Know," in The Washington Post, Dec.20, 2023
Clint Smith, poet, scholar and writer for The Atlantic has written a series of essays about sites throughout America that examines how they are currently dealing with the racial cultural changes of recent years. In one of them, a Confederate cemetary he listens to Sons of Confederates who insist that messages that they learned over the years about the nobility and rightness of the Lost Cause are important to preserve. Smith rightly remains sceptical. This is a fascinating book.