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Despite the Union Army’s victory over the South, allegiance and loyalty to the Confederate “Lost Cause” lived on for decades.This lasting mythology of the Confederacy challenges the old adage that, “history is written by the victors.” If the victors don’t decide history, who does?

New research from art historian Rachel Stephens explores how a group of Richmond artists worked together during the Civil War to create idealized depictions of slavery and plantation life that erased the brutalities and inequalities of the Old South and replaced them with a fabricated narrative of familial belonging and pastoral peace, making a lasting pro-Confederate legacy possible. Join Stephens, associate professor of University of Alabama and Virginia Humanities Research Fellow, for a virtual discussion that explores these paintings in terms of both their historical context and their lasting contribution to the visualization of the “Lost Cause”.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, contact Elizabeth Klaczynski at elizabeth.klaczynski@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3536.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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