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|I agree that there are "feelings" north and south. Up here in Illinois I hear the white trash, hillbilly, redneck stuff, and a good many remarks about the rebel flag, racism, etc. I have many friends from Dixie ( LA, TN, GA, MS) and have an affinity for those places and the people who live there who've always been very kind to me. At the same time I'm proud to be from the Land of Lincoln, but feel that the statements about the war being trivialized are very true. When my daughter was in high school, the Civil War wasn't even covered, the class started at the end of reconstruction. It's good to know there are folks out there both North and South who keep the conflict "alive" in a way by studying it, learning more at battlefields, joining preservation societies, reenacting, and participating in these discussions. It's a great way to talk to other interested individuals, no matter where we may hail from, and keep this part of our history alive (and taken seriously)!