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To me, the question about why the Germans hold nostalgia for openly racist regimes is not that hard to answer, but let’s answer it anyway because the Germans love them some Southern plantation nostalgia: On the U3 Line of Berlin’s mass transit system, there is a stop called Onkel Toms Hütte, or Uncle Tom’s Cabin. […]
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Well, at least something good happened today. A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement that workers removed the statue from the National Statuary Hall Collection early Monday morning. Northam had requested the […]
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Trump: The Next Lost Cause?

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On August 5, 2020
I‘m not really linking to this because I think it will happen. But it is an interesting argument from the Civil War and Reconstruction historian Caroline Janney. The Lost Cause offered former Confederates and their descendants a salve for the past. According to this mythology about the Civil War, the South was the victim, even […]
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Dancing Like It Was 1865

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On June 26, 2020
I thought this was pretty great. Now it had arrived, the final morning that the statue would stand above the grounds of North Carolina’s Capitol. The moment had arrived after three weeks of protests that began here, and across the country, after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands […]
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