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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This is a 2001 book by a history professor at Amherst. It studies the way the country viewed the Civil War during the period from 1865 t o 1915, and how the South "won" all it fought for except ... Read full review

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This is an excellent, and extremely well-documented, history of Reconstruction and the years afterward, and how the ideas of what the Civil War stood for were shaped in those years. I first became ... Read full review

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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