Elizabeth Varon Talks Appomattox and Historical Memory

One of the more interesting Civil War studies to be released this past year is Elizabeth Varon’s Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War. The book provides a nice counterpoint to Jay Winik’s very successful, but overly reconciliationist interpretation of the Civil War’s final act. Varon recently spoke about her book at the Miller Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Below is a taste.

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I’ll have to take a look at this book (adding to the growing Amazon wish list). I re-read Winik’s book a few months back, and had not considered the fact that it might be “overly reconciliationist” but I can see how that might be so. Looking forward to reading this one as a counterpoint to Winik

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