You could say it changed everything.
But you can say what you want.
Truth is,

Civil War did not change
hearts and minds.
People still killing, still unfree

Preserved the union
Preserved states’ rights
Who’s flag is that on your capitol?

Which government legitimate?
Mine, yours?
Truth is.

Restitution impossible
as the dead are still dead.
The stolen still displaced.

Whose side, whose side?
Dead on all sides.
Who will welcome
whom home?

Emancipation still in process.