Blog Post-2: June 21, 2012 by J. Herrera
“UDC –The Faith Conflict”
After reading and gaining some background about the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy), it was interesting to discover how southern women used the outcome of the Civil War to rise up from the embers of defeat and “raised the stakes of the Lost Cause by making it a movement about vindication, as well as memorialization. The post Civil War period gave southern women (specifically women of the elite class) a glimpse to the importance of organizing themselves in order to provide assistance to their people affected by the Lost Cause. First on their list they would memorialize their fallen soldiers and vindicate their service to the Confederacy; whereby the UDC was formed; “on September 10, 1894, by founders Mrs. Caroline Meriweather Goodlett of Nashville, Tennessee and Mrs. Anna Davenport Raines of Georgia.” 
Although, the UDC’s objectives are admirable at first glance due their philanthropic work by preserving historical truths (according to the South), they provided education to perpetuate the Old South ideology, and of course Confederate patriotism was included. Their objectives sound admirable and worthy of support, UNITL the idea of “fighting to sustain white supremacy”  is mentioned and this completely changes the notion that “all men are created equal.” The idea that the UDC also promotes white supremacy is difficult to grasp especially since the organization also proclaims to be of the Christian faith. For example, UDC members would use Biblical analogies to enforce their faith and show allegiance to the Confederacy at the same time: “like Mary and Martha, whose faith never wavered and who paid homage to Jesus at his tomb, southern women had remained faithful to the Confederacy”  The fact that the UDC were women of faith and upheld Biblical truths is conflicting since God would not assign dominion of one man over another (in reference to slavery), so their promotion of white supremacy is disturbing overall.
However, on defense of the UDC, Cox explains: “former slave owners had done the world a service by providing their African slaves with the gift of Christianity”  (106). In essence, the fact that slave owners were in part Christian missionaries “with civilizing power,” the Christian message to slaves apparently had no bearing on the fact that their slaves were living basically in bondage to their masters. On the one hand, reading about the UDC’s contributions after the war and their philanthropic work, this gave way to why the UDC increased exponentially in membership. According to Cox: “by the end of World War I, the organization climbed in membership of nearly 100,000 women”  Even today the UDC has a website to promote their efforts of yesterday. Once again, the white supremacy notion is difficult to except or understand when we live in the world’s greatest “melting pot.”
1 Karen L. Cox, Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the reservation of Confederate Culture. Florida: University Press of Florida, 2003), 1.
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