The United Daughters of the Confederacy and Their False History

Mattison Fagan, Kelli Sutton-Bosley, Department of History, Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663

The painful discourse caused by the American Civil War allowed one of the most influential groups in southern history to rise to popularity: The United Daughters of the Confederacy. While their contributions to memorials and monuments are visually noticeable, their work with children and their standing within the southern educational system was the organization's backbone. Their members' social standings brought prominence to the UDC and allowed them to become creditable to men of power in the south. The blatant manipulation and omission of education materials provided to southern students demonstrate their agenda in the twentieth century. The UDC not only had its grasp around what children were learning within the classroom but their children's chapter, the Children of the Confederacy, influenced them as well. The UDC's work with children is a primary reason a false sense of pride through heritage is accepted in the south through today. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Mattison Fagan

Institution: Norwich University

Type: Oral

Subject: History

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 1026
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