Essay Forever Faithful: The Southern Historical Society and Confederate Historical Memory by Richard D. Starnes An important campaign of the Civil War began in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1869. Sporadic outbreaks of resistance had occurred since 1865, and the events in New Orleans merely gave organization and direction to Confederate resistance efforts. Like the military operations undertaken between 1861 and 1865, the dedicated white southerners who carried out the campaign were fiercely loyal to the Confederate cause. Unlike previous hostilities, this campaign, however, was bloodless, fought with pen rather than sword. On May 1, 1869, the Southern Historical Society was founded. It dedicated itself to preserving the Confederate perspective of the Civil War.1 Across the South at the time, Klan violence against blacks, carpetbaggers, and scalawags had spurred occupying federal troops to mobilize and state militias to be called out. As a result, conservative political movements opposed to Reconstruction in several Southern states began attracting popular support as Republican parties in these states split over how to implement the new government. The Southern Historical Society's establishment then came at a time when conservative white southerners were striving to reassert themselves both politically and socially, and power relations in
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1996
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