Brian Beutler – “Civil War 150th Anniversary: Confederacy Defeat Should Be Holiday” | The New Republic

This week provides an occasion for the U.S. government to get real about history, as April 9 is the 150th anniversary of the Union’s victory in the Civil War. The generous terms of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House foreshadowed a multitude of real and symbolic compromises that the winners of the war would make with secessionists, slavery supporters, and each other to piece the country back together. It’s as appropriate an occasion as the Selma anniversary to reflect on the country’s struggle to improve itself. And to mark the occasion, the federal government should make two modest changes: It should make April 9 a federal holiday; and it should commit to disavowing or renaming monuments to the Confederacy, and its leaders, that receive direct federal support.

via Civil War 150th Anniversary: Confederacy Defeat Should Be Holiday | The New Republic.

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Brian Beutler – “Civil War 150th Anniversary: Confederacy Defeat Should Be Holiday” | The New Republic

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