BackStory is a public radio show and podcast hosted by Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh. We take a topic and try to find the most interesting stories to help give that topic context through three centuries of American history.

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These photographs, taken in 1864, depict the few remaining survivors of the Revolutionary War - the United States’ first veterans. At that very moment, of course, thousands of new veterans were being created - North and South - as the Civil War continued to rage.

In honor of Veterans Day, our show this week explores the experiences and challenges that returning vets have faced across American history.

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