Obama's election adds new dimension to Civil War lessons

04/19/2009 | Washington Post, The

Educators and historians say President Barack Obama's historic election means students can have more open conversations about the causes and aftermath of the Civil War. "This doesn't mean the subject will be any less controversial," said Randall Miller, a history professor at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, "but it does mean that we are again talking about issues such as slavery, freedom, race and fundamental identities."

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