The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory

Adam H Domby (Author)

Product Details

$29.95  $27.55
University of Virginia Press
Publish Date
February 11, 2020
6.3 X 0.8 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Adam H. Domby is Assistant Professor of History at the College of Charleston.


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

From street names to local politics to tourist attractions around the Lowcountry, the institution of slavery is arguably the single-most-significant historical theme still affecting Charleston, now a city which attracts millions of visitors each year and thousands of new residents each month. A just-released book by College of Charleston history professor Adam H. Domby examines the fallacies of the Confederate narrative which still define how many people see our diverse, growing state.

--Charleston City Paper