April 27, 2011

Myth, martyrdom and the American Civil War

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(RNS) “Are you a Yankee or a rebel?” That question, asked of me at recess by a ring of third- and fourth-grade boys on my first day of school in Fairfax, Va., was my introduction to the Civil War’s lasting imprint on modern America. “I’m from New Jersey,” I said, to many puzzled looks. “Well, […]

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