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Why One Historian Argues The Civil War ‘Made America Great’

Courtesy of Hari Jones

Historian Hari Jones says there were no losers in the Civil War. Instead the war formed a more perfect union by securing freedom for millions of Americans.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishes the practice of slavery in the United States and was a direct result of the Civil War. Jones is giving a lecture at Fayetteville State University on Tuesday, June 19 called “How The Civil War Made America Great.” The lecture is on Juneteenth, an American holiday commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Jones about his lecture and how the Civil War helped to create an infrastructure that supported the modern civil rights movement. Jones is the former assistant director and curator at the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museumin Washington D.C. His presentation will be at the Rudolph Jones Student Center at Fayetteville State University on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

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Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.