"A fascinating, original, and highly readable book that makes a meaningful contribution to understanding the Lost Cause and Civil War memory." --David Silkenat, University of Edinburgh, author of Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War
"In The False Cause, Adam Domby has written a highly-readable and pointed assessment of the South's postwar narratives about the Civil War, veterans, and slavery itself. He makes a compelling case that the Lost Cause, a narrative based on misrepresentation and, in some instances, outright lies, provided the justification for white supremacy, veterans' pensions, and African American disenfranchisement. While a case study of North Carolina, this book is a valuable addition to the historical literature on how the post-Civil War South reinvented itself and why, to this day, we still contend with the Lost Cause revisionism of the southern past." --Karen L. Cox, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, author of Dixie's Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture
About the Author:
Adam H. Domby is Assistant Professor of History at the College of Charleston.