HOW AMERICAN SLAVES SAVED THE NATION

Eléctrica in the Desert

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Many European-Americans tend to treat the U.S. Civil War as a sort of travelling, endless hobby we all share, divided into interest groups such as documents, weapons, music,battle reenactments,  photographs, and maps.

Other white people express a poignant, sort of haunted nostalgia re. the war, which is really a  deceptively sentimental rumble of anger, even a threat. I think these represent two of several major themes that function to erase the meaning of this war from our national memory.

images-51 The American Civil War didn’t create the deep wound that spreads throughout our national psyche and shapes so much of our national life.
Slavery did.

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We haven’t been able to heal that wound, not because we’re all haunted by…

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