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This is a horrible time in American history, but it’s also one that we can step back at and look with some confusion. The Republican Party is seeking to turn back the entire civil rights movement, not to mention the entire American government post-1933. Democrats are too weak and milquetoast to do much about it, […]

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On March 18, 2022

We have our first new National Park Service site under Biden (not including him making Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante whole) and it is a much needed one, making another of the Japanese conce

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While the U.S. does better than basically any country in the world in memorializing key sites of its racist past–quite a contrast to its contemporary politics–usually these sites happen through a combination of people very committed to getting a national park made out of their particular side and a sense of consensus in remembering the […]

Melt It Down!

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On October 24, 2021

Interesting idea: An African-American museum has proposed melting down a statue of Robert E. Lee that was recently taken down in Charlottesville, and then using the bronze material to create new artwo

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Memorializing Jefferson?

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On October 19, 2021
As we have debates over historical memory, one of the trickiest figures in Thomas Jefferson. Who embodies both the potential and the hypocrisy of this nation more than he? In New York, there’s a big ol’ statue of TJ in City Hall. It’s now being taken down: For more than 100 years, a 7-foot-tall statue […]

Documenting Selma

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On October 13, 2021

This is a great project and I want to highlight it: The world knows the names of John Lewis and a few more of the voting rights demonstrators who walked across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 o

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Historical Memory Priorities

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On October 7, 2021
On Monday, I happened to be in Scottboro, Alabama, home of the Scottsboro Boys incident, where 9 innocent Black young men were nearly lynched in 1931 for supposedly raping two white girls. In fact, if there was sex, it was consensual, as often happened on trains during this period. The boys were searching for jobs. […]
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