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Reconstruction: What If?

lincoln and emancipationLincoln went to war to get the South back into the Union. Although the war was mostly about slavery, his initial aim was not to abolish it. He wrote as much in a letter in 1862:

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The Meridian Riot of 1871

image: wikipedia.com

image: wikipedia.com

And now for the post that I’ve been working up to: Meridian, Mississippi.

To us, it was just a random dot on the map on our way home to Austin, Texas on a recent trip. We were going to spend the night in Jackson, but I stupidly stuck my credit card in the dollar slot of a vending machine at a rest stop outside Meridian. The vending machine, very happy with the change in diet, promptly ate my card. We wanted to cancel the card as soon as possible, but first we needed it to check into a hotel, so we stayed in Meridian.

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Reconstruction: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Gen. Robert E. Lee (gray) surrendering to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (blue)

Gen. Robert E. Lee (gray) surrendering to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (blue)

So, that takes care of the very broad history of slavery in America. Finally, liberty and justice for all, right?

Wrong.

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