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Race and Reunion

The Civil War in American Memory

David W. Blight

This book explores America's troubled reconciliation after the Civil War, and the tragic cost it had on race relations. David Blight offers insight into the nation's efforts to heal from a devastating conflict, including the triumph of a culture of reunion that buried important elements of the war's history, including African American voices and the moral crusades over slavery. Blight delves into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice, Reconstruction, the Lost Cause, and Memorial Day, offering a wide-ranging and compelling narrative of triumph and tragedy. Ultimately, this poignant history reveals the ongoing legacy of race and reunion that still haunts America today.
Publish Date
first published in 2001
Goodreads Rating
The thanks rightly goes to the great @davidwblight, whose book Race and Reunion I highly recommend to anyone who cares about the fate of our democracy. The past is not really past…      source