*Winner of the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill Award for the Best Book in Southern Women’s History, awarded by the Southern Association for Women Historians.
From David Blight’s 2004 review in the Journal of American History
“At long last, the UDC, founded in 1894, has received a full scholarly treatment. Cox’s superb research encompasses the minutes and papers of UDC leaders and some effective interviews conducted in 1989-1990 with women who had been members of the Children of the Confederacy. Cox’s reader does not lack information for imagining how sinister the UDC’s influence may have been over time. But as one tries to estimate a tally sheet of the money and energy spent by the UDC and its allies on monuments, on racist history books, on glorification of the Ku Klux Klan, and on the perpetuation of a tragically misshapen story of the meaning of the Civil War, we might gasp in critical indignation at the sheer weight of the damage done by these dedicated women to American race relations and to the nation’s historical imagination.”