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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 9:07 p.m. PST

"In 1877, soon after retiring as president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, embarked with his wife on a two-year tour of the world. At almost every location, he was greeted as a hero. In England, the son of the Duke of Wellington, whose father had vanquished Napoleon, greeted Grant as a military genius, the primary architect of Union victory in the American Civil War. Parading English workers hailed him as the man whose military prowess had saved the world's leading experiment in democratic government and as a Hero of Freedom who had helped secure the emancipation of America's four million slaves. Otto von Bismarck, the Chancellor of Germany, welcomed Grant as a nation builder, who had accomplished on the battlefield something—national unity—that Bismarck was attempting to create for his own people.

As the reaction to Grant's tour demonstrates, contemporaries recognized the Civil War as an event of international significance. The various meanings imparted to it offer a useful way of outlining why the Civil War was so pivotal in our own history. The war changed the nature of warfare, gave rise to today's American nation-state, and destroyed a slave society unprecedented in the modern world. In its aftermath, during the era of Reconstruction, Americans struggled to come to terms with these dramatic changes and, temporarily, established biracial democratic government on the ashes of slavery…"
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138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 8:37 a.m. PST

The South was "Reconstructed"? Who knew?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 12:12 p.m. PST

Cousin!… (smile)


lkmjbc331 Jul 2020 10:46 a.m. PST

Not me… completely non-reconstructed…

The only good Yankee is a dead Yankee!

Joe Collins

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 12:51 p.m. PST



lkmjbc331 Jul 2020 5:53 p.m. PST


In my club…
I am known as a damned border stater…
I'm from Tennessee… They are from South Carolina…

Joe Collins

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 8:57 p.m. PST



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