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“Civil War Memory and Cultural Divides in Arkansas” – Carl Moneyhon
December 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Any perusal of the editorial page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette or a stroll through the blogging world will show that Arkansans possess starkly different ideas about the character of the American Civil War and especially the South’s role in it. While a few insist that the war was fought over slavery and that the Confederate cause was dishonorable, possibly a larger number see the conflict as one over states’ rights and an honorable fight. Indeed, some see the war as still on, a conflict between an overweening national government and the state, a fight over who should control everything from marriage to health care and education. This talk discusses how such contrasting views of the war emerged among Arkansans, disagreements that ultimately undermine the development of a collective identity among the state’s people.