NPS Primary Theme: In the wake of the bloodiest, most destructive war of the century, the North and South—led by the men who had waged the battles—sought political and cultural reconciliation. In their pursuit of reconciliation, whites of both sections subjugated the Reconstruction-era’s pursuit of social and legal equality for Americans of color.
- NPS Subtheme: The recognition and commemoration of shared sacrifice hastened and solidified the reconciliation of former enemies. Northerners permitted white Southerners their regional identity (intensified by emerging Confederate iconography), acknowledged their collective suffering, yet rejoiced in the reunited Nation. White Southerners permitted Northerners to revel in the glow of wartime victory and consoled themselves with images of their wartime sacrifices and order their racial relationships without interference from the North.
NPS Secondary Theme: The varied efforts at commemoration and preservation by succeeding generations illustrate society’s evolving values and views on the Civil War.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then outline in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.