Note for those interested in the civil war david blight the author of race and reunion has an excellent series of podcasts on the civil war and reconstruction era 1845 1877 which is available free at i tunes u at the itunes store. Simply put race and reunion is an examination of how the civil war came to be remembered in the 50 years following the war and how the racial equality granted during the war came to be forgotten and racism and white supremacy accepted in american society. The immensely important but neglected story of the civil war in american memory is the subject of david w blights race and reunionthis book will strongly influence the writing of post civil war history for decades to come. Race and reunion is a history of how the unity of white america was purchased through the increasing segregation of black and white memory of the civil war blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice reconstruction the romanticized south of literature soldiers reminiscences of battle the idea of the lost cause
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