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Your Heritage Will Still RemainRacial Identity and Mississippi's Lost Cause$
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Michael J. Goleman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812049

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812049.001.0001

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“Long as Life Shall Last”

“Long as Life Shall Last”

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(p.107) “Long as Life Shall Last”
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Your Heritage Will Still Remain
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Michael J. Goleman

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812049.003.0007

This chapter examines Mississippi’s Lost Cause legend and argues that its creation stemmed from a desire to produce a positive identity in the eyes of the rest of the nation, and more importantly, to posterity. The Lost Cause legend housed in historical writings and memoirs proved to have a powerful influence in the social and cultural identity of the state, with its white residents embracing the legend well into the twenty-first century. In creating the Lost Cause legend, conservative Mississippians blamed Reconstruction and blacks for creating any negative image of the state. In addition to justifying secession and the Civil War, the Lost Cause legend argued for the merits and reasons behind a white supremacist social order and warnings of failing to heed such a course. In the process of losing their freedoms through the institution of segregation, black Mississippians created a conflicting dual identity as Americans and blacks who endured the worst of the American experience.

Keywords:   Lost Cause, Historical writings and memoirs, Dual black identity, White supremacy, Segregation

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