Author says 'Lost Cause' myth of Civil War makes it tough to teach the truth

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- It was a packed house at the Center on Wednesday in Charlottesville where people gathered to talk about the Civil War.

The afternoon gathering was sponsored by the Senior Statesman of Virginia and featured the former University of Richmond President and award-winning author Edward Ayers.

He was talking about his newest book, "Thin Light of Freedom - The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America."

Ayers says the "Lost Cause" myth of the Civil War has made it difficult to teach the reality of the reason why the Civil War was fought.

"It was created precisely to deny the centrality of slavery in the Civil War," he said. "It was to ennoble peoples fathers and brothers who had died to create a new nation or as many think of it as dismantling the United States of America."

Ayers also says if people understand all the reasons for the war including economics, they might better understand how slavery played a huge role as the economic engine of the country at the time.



 
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