No one has done more to remind me of the importance of the experiences of immigrants during the Civil War era than Patrick Young. More importantly, Pat has convinced me that future efforts to keep the Civil War front and center in our collective memory must take seriously the changing ethnic dynamic of our nation. More specifically, educators and public historians will have to think carefully about how to make the Civil War relevant to new Americans who desire to build new roots in this country?
Here is a fascinating example of how one young immigrant from Afghanistan has chosen to interpret the history and meaning of the Civil War. His name is Mohammad Sayed and this video was produced for Cambridge Community Television here in Boston.[Uploaded to Vimeo on April 19, 2014]