Which of the following best describes the function of the highlighted sentence? A. It challenges a common misconception about the motives driving an influential group of Civil War historians. B. It describes a major contribution of the Civil War historians of the 1960s and 1970s that inspired the next generation of scholars. C. It calls attention to aspects of the Confederate cause that were alienating to those Southerners who remained loyal to the Union. D. It identifies a tendency in Civil War scholarship that more recent scholarship has moved away from. E. It explains how ideological and political aspects of the Confederacy loyalist Southerners to reject the Confederate cause.