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When Phase IV of our Civil War ended

One blogger I consistently enjoy is Ta-Nehisi Coates. Recently he discussed the mass northward migration of black Americans, and apologetically ended, "It’s not the Civil War — but it kinda is." TNC, I think is more than "kinda!" Major combat operations ended in 1865, but we lost the peace, and so, I think, Phase IV ...

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One blogger I consistently enjoy is Ta-Nehisi Coates. Recently he discussed the mass northward migration of black Americans, and apologetically ended, "It's not the Civil War -- but it kinda is." TNC, I think is more than "kinda!" Major combat operations ended in 1865, but we lost the peace, and so, I think, Phase IV of the war only ended 99 years later with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

One blogger I consistently enjoy is Ta-Nehisi Coates. Recently he discussed the mass northward migration of black Americans, and apologetically ended, "It’s not the Civil War — but it kinda is." TNC, I think is more than "kinda!" Major combat operations ended in 1865, but we lost the peace, and so, I think, Phase IV of the war only ended 99 years later with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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