April 23, 2011 10:15 PM

Aaron Barnhart | The Civil War, the Freedom Rides, and national memory

The 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides is upon us, and it should be quite a contrast to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War that was observed earlier this month. The struggle to desegregate public facilities in the Jim Crow South would be hard to re-enact, though it would make for interesting street theater.

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