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Region, Race, and Memory: Inheriting the Civil War

Introduction

The goal of this program is to use brief text excerpts to aid in facilitating conversations and civil discourse on topics that once led to – and in some instances continue to lead to – sharp schisms in society. By exploring previous moments of division, the conversations both highlight our history confronting such divisions and provide a framework for creating a civil discourse around currently divisive issues.

This conversation will focus on how people have remembered the Civil War, and whether their identity has shaped those memories, and, thus, the meaning of the Civil War to different individuals. The two major pieces under discussion are Robert Penn Warren’s The Legacy of the Civil War and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?”