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Civil War


  • The Origins of the Lost Cause Myth

    by M. Andrew Holowchak

    States’ rights and slavery, while theoretically distinct, were in praxis intertwined. Here's what a Jeffersonian analysis of Jubal Early’s lost-cause apologia can teach us.


  • Why We Need a New Civil War Documentary

    by Keri Leigh Merritt

    The success and brilliance of the new PBS series on Reconstruction is a reminder of the missed opportunity facing the nation.



  • How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

    by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr.

    Regardless of its brevity, Reconstruction remains one of the most pivotal eras in the history of race relations in American history —­ and probably the most misunderstood.