Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten

Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten

How Hollywood & Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War

By Gary W. Gallagher

University of North Carolina Press, Hardcover, 9780807832066, 274pp.

Publication Date: April 2008

More than 60,000 books have been published on the Civil War. Most Americans, though, get their ideas about the war--why it was fought, what was won, what was lost--not from books but from movies, television, and other popular media. In an engaging and accessible survey, Gary W. Gallagher guides readers through the stories told in recent film and art, showing how these stories have both reflected and influenced the political, social, and racial currents of their times.

About the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He has written or edited two dozen books in the field of Civil War history, including "The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864" and "Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee's Gallant General" (both from the University of North Carolina Press).