Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War (The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era)

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More than 60,000 books have been published on the Civil War. Most Americans, though, get their ideas about the war--why it was fought, what was won, what was lost--not from books but from movies, television, and other popular media. In an engaging and accessible survey, Gary W. Gallagher guides readers through the stories told in recent film and art, showing how these stories have both reflected and influenced the political, social, and racial currents of their times.

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Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author or editor of numerous books, including Lee and His Army in Confederate History and The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.

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[Gallagher's] witty, handsomely illustrated book underscores Hollywood's ability to shape perceptions of historical events. Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten is a major contribution to Civil War memory scholarship. It reminds us how past traditions and present concerns shape understandings of the conflict, perhaps as Warren mused, the very essence of American history.--BookPage
An intelligent, readable account of how we look at the American Civil War. . . . Five stars.-- James Durney, independent Book Reviewer
Crisp, focused, and thoughtful.--Georgia Historical Quarterly
Gallagher has established himself as a one-man Civil War cottage industry. . . . Surveys this landscape with proficiency. . . . Infused with a deep sense of authority that has its satisfactions.--Civil War History
[Gallagher's] books are always packed with relevant information and are a joy to read. This work is no different.--H-Net
A short and very readable book that should appeal to anyone with more than a passing interest in the Civil War.--On Point
Written with Gallagher's customary clarity and vigor, salted with sardonic humor, and laced with expressions of concern about the darker side of Lost Cause adherents' admiration of Nathan Bedford Forrest and contempt for Abraham Lincoln.--Virginia Magazine
Provides insight into how the war is viewed in contemporary American culture. . . . The four interpretive frameworks Gallagher uses for his analysis are instructive for understanding the dominant trends in art and film.--Southern Historian
[A] highly entertaining analysis of how the Civil War has been treated in popular culture.--The Boston Globe
A welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on the Civil War in popular culture, and it makes for a breezy and edifying read for the scholar and layperson alike.--North Carolina Historical Review

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