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Why Juneteenth is bigger than Texas... and vice versa

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Reflecting on what others have suggested may be a third major period of Reconstruction of America’s understanding of itself – the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) being the first such episode, the Civil Rights Era of de-segregation (1948-1968) being the second – I was planning to finish reading and then write about the second of two books by David Blight, of Yale University, surely one of the foremost historians of his generation. The first book, Race and Reunion: The Civil War and American Memory (Belknap, 2001) described the history trick the defeated South played on American Blacks, cutting their fates  out of