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