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The historian Ana Lucia Araujo has a good essay on Confederate monuments and how to respond to the idea that taking them down or renaming things named after these racist traitors is “erasing our history.” America said goodbye and good riddance this month to yet another monument glorifying the Confederacy and lying about history on […]
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Advances in American Statues

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On April 18, 2019
One of the most pernicious parts of Civil War memory is how Confederate leaders became part of American iconography, literally in the case of the many statues placed around the South. In the U.S. Capitol, the Statuary Hall grants each state 2 statues to represent figures from its state. Even in Arkansas, the limits of […]
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Perhaps my right-wing analysis is weak these days. And the writing in this article is horrendous. But the Daily Howler published an essay arguing to tear down all the Confederate statues because they promote traitors? And you know it’s real because the author has to call the “Black Democrat” from Alabama self-serving since he says […]

Down Goes Davis!

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On May 11, 2017

In these horrible times, one doesn’t have much to cheer. Here’s something! Authorities removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in New Orleans early Thursday, as protester

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Unveiling ceremony of Confederate monument, Salisbury, North Carolina, 1909 Sometimes people wonder why the Confederate monuments matter? As if getting rid of them will end racism! No one argued that, but they matter a lot because there is a war over public memory of the Civil War that is central to race. Despite what a […]

Memorial Day

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On May 26, 2014

Another Decoration Day, another day to remember the Union crushing southerners committing treason to defend slavery. Two best tweets of this Memorial Day: The creation of Arlington National Cemetery i

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