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American Civil War (1861-1865)
The Civil War and World War I: Comparing historical narratives

To the editor: I was impressed by Jay Winter's comment that "the violence practiced on African and Asian colonies came home to roost." White Europeans were fighting one another in World War I with the brutal weaponry available at the time. ("Historian Jay Winter: The five things Americans should know about the Great War," Patt Morrison Asks, June 24) I would like to add a parallel American experience: Our Army ran roughshod over the Native American population and over Mexico in our war with it. But our violence also came home to roost in Manassas, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Antietam, Atlanta and other U.S. locales. White Americans for the most part fought one another...

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