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The Meaning of the Civil War

Atlanta Destruction, 1864

Atlanta Destruction, 1864

Atlanta
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, speaks at the opening ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Atlanta. Mr. Groce talks about the motivations of both Unionists and Confederates for fighting – and argues that the fall of Atlanta has over time come to mark the symbolic end of the Confederacy and of the antebellum way of life in the South. 

Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11:44am (ET)

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