Here’s a fantastic discussion with Professor Nina Silber on her partly historiographical article in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of American History regarding Reunion and Reconciliation. She discusses the latest scholarship on reunion and reconciliation and gives us some terrific insights. She’s been thinking about what reunion meant and the difference between reunion and reconciliation. She also discusses memory and the role of memory in how we view reunion and reconciliation. She also points out how the veterans actually contested the memory of the war, and their contests among each other refutes much of the idea of reconciliation.
My blogging colleague Keith Harris gets a shout-out from Prof. Silber at around the 10:04 point in the interview.
You can access this Organization of American Historians’ podcast here.