Sunday Platform – Jone Johnson Lewis: “The Lost Cause: Unpacking a Myth that Pervades Our Culture”

New York Society for Ethical Culture




Event Dates

Aug 02, 2020


11:00am - 12:30pm

New York Society for Ethical Culture

In the last few years, there have been many conversations about the memorials that loom over city streets and public parks, that are carved into mountainsides, that are supposed to honor dead heroes or past events. Many were constructed as part of the creation of the story of the Lost Cause, a romanticizing of the Confederacy and its origins. But many of those myths were also taught for decades in textbooks, sometimes more subtly. Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society, will review some of the history of the creation and perpetuation of the myth, and how that myth survives in today’s culture, even among those who know that the narrative is based on a deliberate rewriting of history.