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.