Department Publication

Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten

How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War

Gary W. Gallagher

John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War
( University of North Carolina, April 2008 )

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--from movies, television, and other popular media. Renowned Civil War historian Gary Gallagher guides readers through the stories told in recent film and art, showing how they have both reflected and influenced the political, social, and racial currents of their times. Too often these popular portrayals overlook many of the very ideas that motivated the generation that fought the war.



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