Saturday, May 18, 2019

Children of the Confederacy

Most of the quilts are from online auctions

My picture files of crazy quilts made at the end of the 19th century include an unsettling number of Confederate flags. An article in the Washington Post this week gives me a glimpse into the culture behind the continuing mystique of these memorials.

Lewis Allen Collection

The article: "Why Young Southerners Still Get Indoctrinated in the Lost Cause" is by Daniel L. Fountain, professor of history at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

George Washington & Jefferson Davis
Pocahontas Gay, National Museum of American History

Fountain begins:
"Statues can be torn down. The lies on which they were built are harder to topple. At the age of two, four years before I was baptized, I was inducted into the Children of the Confederacy, the children’s auxiliary of the United Daughters of the Confederacy."

Northerners like me have never heard of the Children of the Confederacy.

From the Digital Library of Georgia

From the Digital Library of Georgia

Current project of a chapter of the 
Children of the Confederacy


Sandy said...

Wow. Thanks for the link, Barbara. What an eye opener. I urge everyone to read this article.

Lori said...

Fascinating! The war, the people, and slavery is still part of our country's history, no matter how ugly.

Melissa W Koller said...

Ahhh... the uninformed. While those of the North may find it unsettling down South we believe imparting our history to our children as important as imparting our faith. It is our love of our history that continues to ensure the finding and preserving of historical artifacts.