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Jone Johnson Lewis: “The Lost Cause: Unpacking a Myth that Pervades Our Culture”

By August 2, 2020 No Comments

In the last few years, there have been many conversations about the memorials that loom over city streets and public parks, that are carved into mountainsides, that are supposed to honor dead heroes or past events.  Many were constructed as part of the creation of the story of the Lost Cause, a romanticizing of the Confederacy and its origins. But many of those myths were also taught for decades in textbooks, sometimes more subtly.

Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader of the Riverdale-Yonkers Ethical Society, reviewed some of the history of the creation and perpetuation of the myth, and how that myth survives in today’s culture, even among those who know that the narrative is based on a deliberate rewriting of history.


Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day.  While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public.  Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

To view previous Sunday Platform addresses and interviews, visit the Ethical NYC YouTube channel.

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