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Our Civil War Legacy

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in recent memory, it makes sense to reexamine the legacy of the war that tore apart the United States. Discuss the crucial final month of the war and how, but for a handful of important decisions and a good deal of luck, the outcome—of the War and of the country—might have been very different. How did the Civil War make us think differently about death and suffering? About race? And why do we continue to “re-enact” an event that caused so much pain?

Books in this Series

  • Robert Penn Warren, The Legacy of the Civil War
  • Jay Winik, April 1865, the Month That Saved America
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
  • David Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
  • Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

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