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Civil War & Reconstruction

The world has changed.

“The message in The Lord of the Rings is, in a way, that the struggle to destroy the evil also destroys the good. The very effort to mobilize against the evil unalterably changes what you’re trying to defend. So at the very end of that trilogy, the heroes — Frodo the Hobbit, Gandalf and Elrond — sail away. They can’t live in this world that they’ve created, because it’s so different from what they started out to defend. It’s a metaphor; Abraham Lincoln didn’t sail away, he was killed, but the world after the Civil War was not Lincoln’s America anymore.” By way of a friend in the program, Columbia’s Eric Foner picks his five most personally influential books, and guess what made the list…


2 Responses to “The world has changed.”

  1. Your introductory quote reminded me of some good satire (don’t know if you have read it or not).


    Posted by Alan Hitt | December 5, 2005, 12:22 am
  2. Yeah, I posted it here. Hilarious!

    Posted by Kevin | December 5, 2005, 7:34 pm

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