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Title:Memories of a lost cause: comparing remembrance of the Civil War by Southerners to the Anglo-Boer War by Afrikaners
Author:Grobler, JackieISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic term:South Africa
Anglo-Boer wars
Abstract:This article explores similarities in the way in which Southerners in the USA and Afrikaners in South Africa looked back upon the Civil War of 1861-1865 and the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 respectively. Both the Southerners and the Afrikaners were defeated and lost what they perceived to be their freedom. Both communities found it difficult to accept defeat and sought to redeem themselves. In the respective redeeming processes, developments which were surprisingly similar took place, such as religious interpretation and romanticized narratives to make sense of the defeat they had suffered, and the building of memorials not only to honour the sacrifices of the 'heroes' who gave their lives for cause, but also to legitimize their struggles against 'invaders' from the outside. The commemoration of the Lost Cause of, respectively, the Southerners and the Afrikaners, was still vibrant more than a century after the respective wars. The conclusion is that communities do not readily forget what they perceive as malignant actions against them. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]