Kayleigh Last

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

John F. Kvach

Committee Member

Molly Johnson

Committee Member

Christine Sears


United Daughters of the Confederacy--History--Alabama., Southern States--Civilization., Alabama--History--Civil War 1861-1865.


This thesis aims to evaluate the participation of women in North Alabama in the United Daughters of the Confederacy and their role in creating and maintaining the Lost Cause movement. Feeling that the concept of a unified South (unified under the Confederacy) was fast disappearing from the area, the women of North Alabama joined the UDC in an attempt to ensure the legacy of the Confederacy lived on in future generations. By examining the UDC's activities in memorializing the Confederacy and educating future generations about the Confederacy we can see that the UDC provided a network for women to pursue Lost Cause goals.



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