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Children and Youth during the Civil War Era$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814796078

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814796078.001.0001

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Preparing the Next Generation for Massive Resistance

Preparing the Next Generation for Massive Resistance

The Historical Pageantry of the Children of the Confederacy, 1955–1965

(p.209) 13 Preparing the Next Generation for Massive Resistance
Children and Youth during the Civil War Era

J. Vincent Lowery

NYU Press

This chapter discusses white Southerners' resistance to the civil rights movement in the 1950s, focusing in the activities of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and its youth auxiliary, the Children of the Confederacy (C of C). In response to the rising tide of the civil rights movement, along with widespread fears of Communist infiltration and juvenile delinquency, many southern white parents rallied to keep their children from falling prey to these influences. Helping to lead the fight was the UDC, which believed that southern children would avoid the corruption threatening to destroy southern values if given the proper models to emulate. For the UDC as well as the C of C, the Civil War remained an important part of their identity and their lives. By preserving memories of the war, they contributed to the campaign of massive resistance.

Keywords:   children, youth, civil rights movements, racial discrimination, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy, American Civil War, juvenile delinquency

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