It’s Guy Fawkes’ Day: when the Britishc commemorate a failed terrorist plot on the Houses of Parliament by burning the would-be perpetrator in effigy. Meanwhile, we relate to our Civil War by putting the flags of the vanquished on our cars, and debating whether their version of history should be taught in public schools.
Why the two different treatments? Why is one violent act of revolution celebrated for its failure, and the other romanticized to exclude the deaths it caused, included, and the wrongs upon which it is based? Is it really just that England has had more time to come to terms with the underlying conflict?
I have no answer, and perhaps it’s an unfair question. Just a note.