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But There Was No Peace: The Aftermath of the Civil War

President Abraham Lincoln called for
"a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
Three years later, General Ulysses S. Grant accepted the
Republican presidential nomination with the words: "Let us
have peace." The apparent irony of the Civil War's commander
in chief and the nation's foremost military leader calling
for peace illustrates the paradox at the core of what we
call the humanities. The pain of warfare and the possibility
of peace form the theme of this lecture.