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Reply #38: Point of info: The Civil War did not end 150 years ago. It ended about 35 years ago & is still fresh [View All]

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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-20-09 08:38 AM
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38. Point of info: The Civil War did not end 150 years ago. It ended about 35 years ago & is still fresh
The war only ended if you think of the war as being the military engagement between Grant's and Lee's armies.

War is the continuation of politics by other means, and the Civil War was a political, class/caste and economic war.

Most of the issues of the Civil War were not settled, or they were settled and then unsettled in the 1870s.

The class/caste aspect of the war did not end until the Civil Rights Movement eliminated the most egregious forms of the southern caste system. Even the relationship between states and the federal government remained ambiguous until most vestiges of "states rights" were eroded during the 1960s. All the southern right wing talk about the Civil War is really talk about the Civil Rights Movement.

That loss is still fresh in the minds of many white southerners.
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