David Blight: How should the country mark the sesquicentennial?

In recent decades powerful new winds have been blowing through Civil War history, from the academy to the furthest reaches of public memory. Revolutions in social, African American, and women’s history, as well as new modes of military history – treating the war from the perspectives of common soldiers, home fronts as well as battlefronts, slaves and captive prisoners as well as generals and strategy – have transformed a field once dominated by the “view from headquarters” or the valor of the blue and the gray.

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