“Americans in former Confederate states more likely to say violent protest against government is justified, 160 years after Gettysburg.”

Journal Article
Publication date: 
06/2023
Authors: 
Alauna Safarpour
“Americans in former Confederate states more likely to say violent protest against government is justified, 160 years after Gettysburg.”

Over the July Fourth long weekend, people will pour into the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the 160th anniversary of one of the deadliest battles in U.S. history.

The three-day battle left over 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead, wounded or missing and cemented Gettysburg’s place in American history as the turning point of the Civil War.

A few months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln visited the town for the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery. There, he delivered his famed Gettysburg Address. Lincoln called on Americans to dedicate themselves to the “unfinished work” for which so many at Gettysburg had died: the preservation of the United States and a “new birth of freedom” for the nation.

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