What was the civil war about in 1865 and what did the U.S. think about it in 1915? I would like to clarify how this connects to race and reunion.

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The war was always about Union first - that is, the right of the Southern states to secede from the Union if they so wished.  This has ties to the issue of slavery because the South continually feared the institution might be limited or abolished without their consent.  The Civil...

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The war was always about Union first - that is, the right of the Southern states to secede from the Union if they so wished.  This has ties to the issue of slavery because the South continually feared the institution might be limited or abolished without their consent.  The Civil War became known as "The War of Northern Aggression", a notion reinforced by racial sentiment in 1915.

1915 is an important date for comparison because the KKK was becoming much more popular in that time frame and throughout the 1920s.  While the "new" Klan was more anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic in nature, its anti-civil rights, pro-segregation past tied to the Civil War and romanticized and emphasized the issue of race and white supremacy so much so that it jaded the historical interpretations of that war in certain regions of the country among certain populations.

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