The surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865 effectively ended the Civil War and slavery in the United States. Why are we no longer "expected to join in singing Patriotic songs" to mark the occasion?
April 9, 1865
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History