Category News Stories

Chatham County, NC Confederate Statue To Move

I came across this story that tells us, “Chatham County’s Confederate monument will come down by November — one way or the other — commissioners decided Monday night. After a raucous, roughly 80-minute meeting punctuated by shouts of support and jeers of opposition from both sides, the Chatham commissioners voted 4-1 to ask the Winnie Davis […]

Why The Civil War Is Still Up For Debate

Here are Professors Ed Ayers and Joanne Freeman discussing not only the new American Civil War Museum but why the Civil War is often misunderstood. They get into what caused the Civil War [hint: it wasn’t states rights, the tariff, taxes, an industrial vs. agricultural economy, or anything else that is not slavery]. This is […]

Fighting myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings about race, slavery and the Civil War

I came across this article in the Virginia Mercury. We learn, “Historians and others say we can never achieve racial peace in America unless we acknowledge the brutality of slavery and its continuing legacy of racial discrimination. ‘Myths about slavery prevent any type of reconciliation or dialogue,’ said Adam W. Dean, a University of Lynchburg historian. […]

The South Carolina Monument That Symbolizes Clashing Memories of Slavery

This article talks about Charleston’s monument to the person I like to refer to as “His Satanic Majesty, John C. Calhoun.” The article tells us, “In one sense, the Calhoun Monument is a remarkably honest, and conspicuous, acknowledgment of Charleston’s dedication to slavery, even after its abolition in 1865. Here in the capital of American […]

What happened the last time a President chose America’s enemies over its friends

This article from Professor Manisha Sinha discusses Andrew Johnson during Reconstruction. She says, “Donald Trump likes to compare himself to Andrew Jackson, but the Andrew he really resembles is Andrew Johnson. What they have in common are delusions of personal grandeur and a tainted ascent to the presidency. Trump was elected by a minority of […]

Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood

Illustration: Najeebah Al-Ghadban; Steve Helber / AP; Library of Congress; Library of Virginia In this essay, Professor Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard University [and former president of that university] reflects on the history of her home state and its relationship to race during her childhood. Those who read Edmund Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom will recognize […]

How the South Recast Defeat as Victory with an Army of Stone Soldiers

This essay by Professor Gaines Foster of Louisiana State University discusses the historical context of confederate monuments. It’s an important essay everyone concerned about monumentation needs to read. He tells us that while monuments to confederate leaders have always been controversial, the monuments to the common soldiers that dot the South need to be seen […]