Given the state of American politics, it occurred to me that this might be useful re-reading.
A historian friend of mine and another of his friends were talking recently about the possibility of a new Civil War here in the United States. The subject comes up across social media fairly frequently, somewhat hyperbolically. The precise nature of this civil war, however, is being defined as Republicans vs. Democrats, or less narrowly, far right vs. far left.
The truth is that the first Civil War never really ended and the battle is over the same issue that we started killing each other to begin with: slavery. Not exactly the same institution as existed in early America, but a serious, dehumanizing and murderous version of it nonetheless. While institutional slavery, for the most part, ended, the forces that thrived by it and the philosophy itself is hale and hearty in virtually every city in the country.
While institutional slavery, for the most part, ended, the forces that thrived…
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