Southerners may have abandoned their dream of a political nation after Appomattox, but they preserved their cultural identity by blending Christian rhetoric and symbols with the rhetoric and imagery of Confederate tradition. Out of defeat emerged a civil religion that embodied the Lost Cause. As Charles Reagan Wilson writes in his new preface, "The Lost Cause version of the regional civil religion was a powerful expression, and recent scholarship affirms its continuing power in the minds of many white southerners."
This is Roland Barthes's last work. While mourning the death of his mother and searching for photos of her as a child, he writes about photography and the ways it affects and attracts the viewer.
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History
Subgenre: United States / 20th Century, Christianity / General, United States / 19th Century, Religion + Politics + State