In Ulysses S. Grant’s first inaugural address in March 1869, he discussed the way in which each section of the country should come together and settle their differences after the Civil War. He stated that it should be “approached calmly, without prejudice, hate, or sectional pride, remembering that the greatest good to the greatest number is the object to be attained.”
Grant’s words are more relevant than ever. The Civil War is still remembered in history books, museums, artifacts, reenactments, and preserved battlefields. It is a scar that is not going away any time soon. The memory of that war continues to shape social ideologies and political discourse in this country.