The white Southerners began to treat the Civil War as honorable, and refered to it as the "Lost Cause".

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  • Over 258,000 Confederates died in the war.
  • 20% of the white male population of the region died.
  • Many of the men who fought returned badly wounded or sick.
  • Almost every white Southerner had lost someone close to them.
  • Many white women were heavily mouning.
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General Overview
Southerners began to wish that the South was the way it had been before the war took place. They wished to keep the Antebellum society and maitain their social heirarchy. War Generals were regarded with the utmost respect and were honored with extraordinary monuments and statues.

Why the South fought the War
Many people think that the Southerners were fighting the war to preserve slavery. However, the war was fought to protect the Southerners from Norther oppression and aggression. The states wished to be able to govern themselves and have more states rights than ever. After the war was lost, they still kept the idea of preserving the Southern Antebellum ways.

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Ideas Behind it All
Southerners searched for ways to justify their loss of the Civil War. People began to say that losing was inevitable because the industry of the North superceded the Southern industry and their recources were much fewer than the North. Also, Civil War Generals, such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were given more credit than they may have deserved. They were treated as if they were gods of their own religions, and their losses were blamed upon the North's overwhelming numbers, not inferior command.

Other Sources
The Lost Cause Argument
Lost Cause‚Äč
Lost Cause Religion

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