Saturday, December 8, 2012

"The North Won the War, But the South Won the Peace"

Over at TUSH, Ed Blum deconstructs the phrase historians use to explain the Civil War and Reconstruction.  He writes:
  1. A reconfigured white supremacy won the peace, and
  2. There was not much peace to begin with (North, South, East, West, or overseas)
  3. The Union won the postwar period, too, because there was NOT another Civil War (at least not yet)
  4. 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)