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Civil War changed the concept of ‘nation'

Union College professor Melinda Lawson will talk about the Civil War and how it changed Americans' concept of "nation."
Union College professor Melinda Lawson will talk about the Civil War and how it changed Americans' concept of "nation."
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Unable to “raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home,” Virginian Robert E. Lee turned down Abe Lincoln’s offer to command the Union Army in 1861 and prepared to fight against the country he had served so well for three decades. His decision made sense for many Americans living in the 19th century when “home” trumped “country” and the two words were far from interchangeable. On Saturday at the Schenectady County Historical Society, ...

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