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Lost Cause
Lost Cause

The ‘Lost Cause’ Is Fake History

The treasured myth of the “Lost Cause” of freedom-loving patriots fighting bravely for self-determination and “states’ rights” can’t survive even a cursory reading of secessionist documents.

August 23, 2017
Slavery

It Has Always Been About Slavery

As if he had not already dumped enough fuel on a raging inferno, President Donald Trump has now taken up common cause with the Lost Cause: the historically inaccurate, myth-driven campaign to sanctify the Confederacy. The president was apparently not satisfied with merely showing his sympathy for white supremacists, insisting that their ranks include some “very fine people.”

August 18, 2017

Alabama Residents Still Required to Pay Taxes For Confederate Memorial

Most Southern states, especially in the Deep South, are very conservative, and tend to send people to Congress who uniformly oppose taxes. But residents apparently don’t mind continuing to pay a tax originally designed to provide benefits for Confederate veterans of the Civil War: Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that […]

July 20, 2011

Alabama Residents Still Paying Taxes for Confederate Veterans’ Benefits

MOUNTAIN CREEK, Ala. (AP) — The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them. Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” […]

July 20, 2011