Varina Davis, Beauvoir, and the Fight for Confederate Memory

dc.contributor.advisor Hunt, Robert Spencer, Evan Ruark
dc.contributor.committeemember Kolar, Kelly
dc.contributor.department History en_US 2015-12-18T19:09:14Z 2015-12-18T19:09:14Z 2015-10-26
dc.description.abstract Varina Davis, the First Lady of the Confederacy, had a remarkably contentious relationship with southerners after her husband’s death in 1889. She conflicted with groups like the United Daughters of the Confederacy [UDC] over Civil War memory in ways that now seem counterintuitive. These battles demonstrate a fundamental incompatibility between the UDC’s “Lost Cause” memory and the actual past as southerners like Varina experienced and remembered it. The Lost Cause did not serve as a ubiquitous memory, but constructed a past that supported the missions of the UDC in the present. Any person—southern or northern—who undermined Lost Cause mythology was a threat to the Daughters and their mission. Varina’s struggle with southern groups throughout the last years of her life illustrates the incompatibility between the Lost Cause and the actual history of the Civil War. M.A.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Beauvoir
dc.subject Civil War
dc.subject Civil War Memory
dc.subject Confederate States of America
dc.subject Lost Cause
dc.subject Varina Davis
dc.subject.umi History
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title Varina Davis, Beauvoir, and the Fight for Confederate Memory
dc.type Thesis
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