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Editorial: How I learned about the cult “The Lost Cause”

The Cult of the Lost Cause. There it was in black and white, in a 1999 application to put the equestrian statue of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard on the National Register of Historic Places. 


In 2015, after a year of closely guarded discussions about Confederate monuments in New Orleans, most particularly Robert E. Lee, I asked a few members of my staff to go down to the main branch of the public library to get relevant research documents from the city archives. I wanted to know how and why these statues were erected and if there were any legal protections that would prevent us from moving them.


[This editorial is by Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans.]


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-i-learned-about-cult-lost-cause-180968426/#DG77OVx3GSBETKSL.99