Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ken Burns on the relevance of the Civil War today

A Conflict's Acoustic Shadows - NYTimes.com


Maybe Walt Whitman, the poet and sometime journalist who had worked as a nurse in the appalling Union hospitals, understood and saw it best. “Future years,” he said, “will never know the seething hell, the black infernal background of the countless minor scenes and interiors … of the Secession War, and it is best they should not.

“The real war,” Whitman admonished us, “will never get in the books.” We are, nonetheless, obligated to try.
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