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LGM Film Club, Part 125: Gettysburg Reunion, 1938

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Photograph, Union and Confederate veterans shaking hands at 1938 Gettysburg Reunion Still Pictures ID number: 111-SC-109197 Rediscovery ID number: 19837 DTCW Exhibtion ID number: 8.2.8 18737_2009_001

The Gettysburg reunions that began in the early 20th century were all about erasing the Black experience of the Civil War and creating reconciliationist narratives based around notions of white supremacy. David Blight’s Race and Reunion is such a wonderful book on this point. Of course, there’s something to ancient veterans meeting one last time. But the entire idea of a shared experience of war like this completely erases any ideology that caused the war. It became a story of shared sacrifice over vague ideas instead of actual sacrifice over half the nation seceding to commit treason in defense of slavery. In any case, here’s footage of the 75th Gettysburg reunion in 1938.

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