- A reconfigured white supremacy won the peace, and
- There was not much peace to begin with (North, South, East, West, or overseas)
- The Union won the postwar period, too, because there was NOT another Civil War (at least not yet)
- The Civil War is still with us because of what it left changed (slavery) and what it left unchanged (legal racial and gender discriminatory legislations)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Re-Constructing the Reconstruction Lecture
Since the early twentieth century, it has been a common phrase among Reconstruction scholars to say something to this effect: "the North won the war, but the South won the peace." I remember first reading that in Nina Silber's amazing book The Romance of Reunion (still one of my all-time favorites). But, of course, we know all such common phrases obscure as much as they reveal. So today, in my Reconstruction lecture, I want to hit a few points that typically get ignored:
Anything else that you would add to the general narrative?