Myth of the Lost Cause
Edward Bonekemper talked about his book The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, in which he examines post-war arguments made by former Confederates seeking to justify their split from the Union and their defeat. In his book, Mr. Bonekemper argues that slavery and not states' rights was the primary reason for secession. He also disputes several other aspects of the Lost Cause myth, such as the idea that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was a better commander than Ulysses S. Grant, and that General Grant only defeated General Lee because of superior troop numbers and resources. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event. close
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