Adam Domby | On Julian Carr: “White Supremacist or Philanthropist?”

Here’s Professor Adam Domby talking about his research on Julian Carr and his role with confederate monuments.

The video’s description reads, “Adam Domby, author and assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston, argues that the Lost Cause ideology that emerged after the Civil War and flourished in the early 20th century in essence sought to recast a struggle to perpetuate slavery as a heroic defense of the South. This was not only an insidious goal, but was founded on falsehoods, including those peddled by one of Duke’s primary early benefactors, Julian Carr. As a graduate student, Domby resurfaced from the archives with the speech Julian Carr delivered at the inauguration of UNC-Chapel Hill’s ‘Silent Sam’ statue, helping spur protests and the statue’s ultimate removal. Prof. Domby is the author of, ‘The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory,’ (University of Virginia Press, 2020). The Duke Human Rights Center (DHRC) at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, staff and students to promote new understandings of and action on human rights. DHRC engages with issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, income inequality, the environment, the philosophy and history of human rights, the literature that emerges alongside it, linguistic rights, and artistic responses in ongoing research, teaching, programming and outreach.”

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