Category Neoconfederates

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin by catching up with this article out of New Orleans, Louisiana. “Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day will no longer be on the state’s calendar of official holidays after HB 248, authored by New Orleans Representative Matthew Willard, received final legislative approval. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau carried the bill in the […]

The Valentine Museum Displays the Jefferson Davis Statue from Monument Avenue

On June 10,2020, demonstrators in Richmond, Virginia, pulled down the statue honoring Jefferson Davis placed on Monument Avenue by a white supremacist group in 1907. As this site shows, the Valentine Museum in Richmond has put up a temporary exhibit of that statue. This article gives us some information on the display. The article tells […]

Catching Up on Confederate Heritage

Last week I was at the Civil War Institute symposium, so this week we’re going to look at two weeks’ worth of developments in the nationwide retreat of confederate heritage. We begin with this article from Owensboro, Kentucky. “A confederate statue that was the subject of an ownership battle in Daviess County has been removed […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

The biggest news this week comes to us from the United States Military Academy at West Point. This article tells us, “For 70 years, the slave-owning Confederate general Robert E. Lee has stared down at West Point cadets from a massive portrait in the academy’s library, a slave guiding his horse in the background. But […]

Civil War Legacy in the South

Here’s Professor Lesley Gordon with an excellent lecture on the development of the lost cause lie. The video’s description reads, “University of Alabama professor Lesley Gordon taught a class about the end of Reconstruction, the removal of Union troops from the South, and the Compromise of 1877.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?519565-1/civil-war-legacy-south

The Mythology of the Lost Cause

Here is an outstanding presentation on the lost cause lie by Professor Caroline Janney. The Q&A period is also great. The video’s description reads, “How did the Confederate myth of the Lost Cause develop? Why was it important for ex-Confederates to establish their ‘history’ of the war? And why has this version of the past […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

This week we begin with this article from Brunswick, Georgia. “A monument to Confederate soldiers in Hanover Square came down Tuesday, its future unknown as it was loaded onto a truck and trailer in three pieces. Brunswick Mayor Cosby Johnson released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that the city ‘removed the singular vestige of a […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin this week’s look at the nationwide retreat of confederate heritage with this article from South Carolina. “Former Congressman and current Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Cunningham renewed his call for an end to the state holiday known as Confederate Memorial Day and replace it with Election Day. Cunningham said he first proposed removing Confederate […]

Smashing Statues

Here’s Professor Erin Thompson discussing the raising and eventual removal of confederate monuments. The video’s description reads, “John Jay College criminal justice professor Erin Thompson provided a history of America’s public monuments and examines the current debates over whether they should remain standing. This was a virtual program hosted by Books and Books Bookstore in Coral Gables, […]

Ghosts of the Confederacy

This book by Professor Gaines Foster, published in 1987, traces the development of the lost cause lie and how former confederates and their descendants came to terms with their defeat in the Civil War and celebrated the confederacy in the later years of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth century. A […]