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I Was Taught That the Civil War Didn't Have Much to Do With Slavery—Students Deserve Better

Growing up near Charlottesville, I was taught the same misleading story of American history that white supremacists are peddling today. Debates about monuments honoring Confederate icons and what they represent often come down to one’s view of Civil War history. Last weekend’s violent gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one protester dead, was started as a rally against removing a statue of Robert E.
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