Who says millennials aren’t interested in history? Back in September, during the height of the Confederate monument debate, I was contacted by Coleman Lowndes, who works on making short videos for the newsite, Vox. Coleman was hoping to put together a video on the United Daughters of the Confederacy and their influence on the Lost Cause that would offer some insight into the broader debate about the legacy of the Confederacy.
He hit it out of the park. The final product offers both a compelling and rich narrative that is visually engaging as well. It is ideal for a generation that has never experienced a world without YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. I make a couple of appearances as does historian Karen Cox, who is the leading authority on the U.D.C.
The video was published on October 25, 2017 and it is about to hit 1 million views. It is a testament to the power of video and perhaps an indication that younger Americans are more deeply engaged in history than is often assumed.
Update: At 5:30pm the video topped 1 million views.