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Southern Culture: Its Rise and Demise Part 2

Q. Wasn't history also rewritten by the North, for popular consumption?

A. The old adage that the victors write the history books is true. The North took advantage of their victory to rewrite history from their perspective. The South's reputation was blackened and has yet to recover. We were branded as rebels and traitors. Some of the most noble men to have ever walked this earth were slandered. Alexander Stevens and Jefferson Davis are examples; Robert E. Lee's reputation has recovered, but he is one of the few. Some of the old lies about these men continue to be repeated as truth in television documentaries and in history books. Some of the important facts about these men are never mentioned.