I recently reread Ta-Nehisi Coates’s thoughtful essay on his experiences visiting Civil War battlefields like Gettysburg and why so few African Americans study the Civil War. The essay was written ten years ago in 2012 during the Civil War 150th commemorations, before the racial violence in Charleston, Charlottesville, and Minneapolis, which led to the removal of hundreds of Confederate monuments and a broader reckoning with the American past.
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