Unnamed U.D.C. Ladies

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"The U.D.C. ladies" who "instigated and bought" the Confederate statue that stands at the center of Jefferson in Requiem for a Nun are members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, an organization of Southern women that was founded in 1894 in Nashville, Tennessee (188). Members actively served the 'Lost Cause' of the Old South and the Confederacy by sponsoring the construction of monuments, lobbying boards of education, and so on. In a later reference to these women, noting their passing by the middle of the 20th century, the narrator refers to them as the "old sapless indomitable unvanquished widow or maiden aunt" - though he adds that "the old deathless Lost Cause" remains a "faded (though still select) social club or caste" (194).