The collective memory of the Civil War differs throughout America. To some the bloody conflict was a fight for emancipation and equality. For others, it represents the noble, but ultimately failed, attempt by the Confederacy to assert its sovereignty. In this wide-ranging lecture, delivered at the London School of Economics, Civil War historian David Blight examines American memory of the Civil War and how it has both hindered and facilitated justice and healing it its wake. Arguing for a history that is not just "frozen into formulas," Blight delivers a moving meditation on a part of American history that is still very much alive today.