Race and Reunion

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 528 pages
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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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Race and reunion: the Civil War in American memory

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Blight (history and black studies, Amherst Coll.; Frederick Douglass' Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee) traces America's tragic pursuit of national reunification and reconciliation after the Civil ... Read full review

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A great book. Well written, it is an essential and enjoyable read for anyone studying the Civil War, Reconstruction and/or race relations in the twentieth-century United States. It is intellectually rich, giving clarifying examples while examining complex social relationships and the cause of their tensions. Its ideas are key to any actual "truth and reconciliation" from America's white communities. Trump have someone read it to him.  

Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Dead and the Living
6
2 Regeneration and Reconstruction
31
3 Decoration Days
64
4 Reconstruction and Reconciliation
98
5 Soldiers Memory
140
6 Soldiers Faith
171
7 The Literature of Reunion and Its Discontents
211
8 The Lost Cause and Causes Not Lost
255
9 Black Memory and Progress of the Race
300
10 Fifty Years of Freedom and Reunion
338
Epilogue
381
Notes
399
Acknowledgments
481
Index
487
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David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of History at Yale University.

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