Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

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Harvard University Press, 2001 - History - 512 pages
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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Two occurrences in recent years have drawn me to think on how the meaning of history influences modern conceptions widely held in the national mind. While at a funeral in Richmond I sat by an elderly ... Read full review

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A history of just how fast white Americans decided that they’d fixed slavery and that everybody on the battlefield was noble. I was amazed all over again by how fast even high Confederate officials ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue I
1
Regeneration and Reconstruction
31
Decoration Days
64
Copyright

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David W. Blight is Class of 1959 Professor of History and Black Studies at Amherst College.

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