Burying the dead but not the past : Ladies' Memorial Associations and the lost cause / Caroline E. Janney.

By: Janney, Caroline EMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Civil War America: Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2008Description: xiii, 290 p. : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 9780807831762 (cloth : alk. paper); 080783176X (cloth : alk. paper)Subject(s): Ladies' Memorial Association -- History | Southern States -- Civilization | Popular culture -- Southern States | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- InfluenceAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Burying the dead but not the past.DDC classification: 369/.17 LOC classification: E483.99.L33 | J36 2008
Contents:
Patriotic ladies of the South: Virginia women in the Confederacy -- A fitting work: The origins of Virginia's Ladies Memorial Associations, 1865-1866 -- The influence and zeal of woman: Ladies' Memorial Associations during radical reconstruction, 1867-1870 -- A rather hardheaded set : Challenges for the Ladies' Memorial Associations, 1870-1883 -- The old spirit is not dying out: The Memorial Associations' Renaissance, 1883-1893 -- Lest we forget: United Daughters and Confederated Ladies, 1894-1915 -- Epilogue: a mixed legacy.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-270) and index.

Patriotic ladies of the South: Virginia women in the Confederacy -- A fitting work: The origins of Virginia's Ladies Memorial Associations, 1865-1866 -- The influence and zeal of woman: Ladies' Memorial Associations during radical reconstruction, 1867-1870 -- A rather hardheaded set : Challenges for the Ladies' Memorial Associations, 1870-1883 -- The old spirit is not dying out: The Memorial Associations' Renaissance, 1883-1893 -- Lest we forget: United Daughters and Confederated Ladies, 1894-1915 -- Epilogue: a mixed legacy.

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Focusing on Virginia, Janney (Purdue) examines the Ladies' Memorial Associations and their role in developing and promoting the "lost cause." Emerging from the Civil War with a history of activism in soldiers' aid societies and other auxiliary activities, upper-middle-class and elite white women led the effort to memorialize Confederate dead. As Janney explains, this arrangement was expedient, as the Ladies were not perceived as politically motivated. Exploiting their opportunity, the Ladies' Memorial Associations assumed and retained primary responsibility for memorializing fallen Rebel soldiers. Other recent assessments of the Ladies have focused on their immediate postwar activities. For the Ladies that Janney chronicles, however, that paradigm is too narrow. Indeed, she characterizes the Ladies' Memorial Associations as "instrumental in the development of southern white women's organizations, providing a transition between the localized benevolent societies of the antebellum period and the women's club movement of the late nineteenth century." Academic and research libraries with collections focusing on the Civil War, southern history, Virginia, and women's and gender studies will want this impressive book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. B. M. Banta Arkansas State University

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