Dr. Caroline Janney’s lecture in Baird Chapel last night was superb.
Her topic, “Ladies and Daughters: Women and Confederate Memory,” focused on the development of the Ladies’ Memorial Associations (LMAs) in the Civil War era. LMA members, most of whom were born between 1830 and 1850, experienced the Civil War as adults. Even though most of the members did not lose male family members in the war, they created Memorial Day celebrations to remember the Confederate dead. The LMAs laid the foundation for the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), a more cohesive national group that superseded their foremothers. Early UDC members, mostly born after 1850, experienced the Civil War as children or teenagers, so the Reconstruction period was more influential in shaping their memory of the Civil War period. Both groups, however, supported the Lost Cause interpretation of the sectional conflict.
Afterwards, Dr. Janney graciously agreed to sign copies of her book, Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause, for audience members.