Your Civil War Memory

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Whether you have encountered the Civil War in school, from a parent, or even a movie or television show,

those moments are part of an alive and evolving history.

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1880s

Reconciliation

Many Americans looked eagerly to signs of reconciliation between a people that had just recently engaged in a fearful bloodletting. Examples of regional friendship became symbols of national pride. Meanwhile, political partisans and Black Americans looked suspiciously at movements that forgave former rebels.

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress