Race and Reunion (Google eBook)
No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. In the war's aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America's national reunion.
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Review: Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American MemoryUser Review - Ben - Goodreads
The highly politicized nature of the construction of Civil War memory. Reunion and reconciliation accomplished by whitewashing (hah) the Civil War of emancipation and Black participation. The rejoining of North and South was built on a foundation of institutionalized racism. Read full review
Review: Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American MemoryUser Review - Rod Zemke - Goodreads
Blight is an exceptional historian. I have seen him lecture twice in person. This work by Blight is pretty, heavy-duty intellectual history. It was a bit of struggle for this old history major. Read full review