James Longstreet: Scalawag or Scapegoat?

James Longstreet: Scalawag or Scapegoat?

This program examines the life of James Longstreet, who, despite his stellar record as a corps commander in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, became one of the most vilified figures in the postbellum South. How much of the abuse heaped upon General Longstreet by his fellow white Southerners was deserved and how much of it was part of the myth of the “Lost Cause?” To what extent has popular culture, with the likes of the novel The Killer Angels and the film Gettysburg, rehabilitated Longstreet’s reputation? How does the life of Longstreet illustrate the use and abuse of history for political and cultural purposes?