Civil War Institute
As early as the 1850s, the game of baseball was being referred to as “our national game.” At a time when the nation was being ripped apart at the seams, it served as a relatively new symbol of national identity. Baseball did not fully reach its unifying potential until after a bloody war that pitched North against South. However, these reconciliationist qualities did not strike at the heart of all Americans. [excerpt]
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Lauck, Jeffrey L., "Our Reconciliationist Pastime: How Baseball Contributed to the Reunification of White America" (2016). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 158.