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Natalie Willoughby


I remember in both grade school and middle school, the teachers at my small Catholic school told the class several times that the Civil War wasn’t actually started over slavery, but rather economics and political differences, and that slavery was simply a “problem” that no one really wanted to address at the time. It wasn’t until college I learned the actual history of several issues – including slavery and the Civil War. Luckily, my parents are baby boomers, and grew up telling me about the Civil Rights movement and showing me old news reels and articles, so I felt I was more educated about the struggles of African Americans than most of my peers.

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