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More Retreat of Confederate Heritage

There is breaking news out of Alabama. In a case arising out of Birmingham, Alabama’s putting barriers around its confederate monument, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Michael Graffeo declared the Alabama state law protecting confederate monuments to be unconstitutional and void. In this article we learn, “Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sued the city, citing […]

The Rear Guard of a Dying Breed or Part of a Continuing Blight?

Here’s an article from the December 2, 2018 issue of the Washington Post Magazine written by journalist Paul Duggan. Early in the story, Mr. Duggan describes 62-year-old Frank Earnest, the so-called “chief of heritage defense” of the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group interested solely in making the confederacy look good at […]

Fewer Lies in the Texas Capitol

In this story we learn, “A plaque honoring the Confederate States of America in the Texas Capitol will be taken down after a unanimous vote from the Texas State Preservation Board. The plaque, which was installed in 1959, came under scrutiny in 2017, when Dallas state Rep. Eric Johnson called for its removal because it says […]

Winston-Salem, the UDC, and a Confederate Monument

The city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, gave the United Daughters of the Confederacy an ultimatum to move a confederate monument from its current spot or have it declared a public nuisance and the city will bring legal action to force a movement. In this article from a local news outlet, we learn, “The Winston-Salem Journal […]

Confederate Monuments at the End of the Year

Dr. Elizabeth Samet, a professor of English at West Point and the editor of an annotated edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s Memoirs, in this article, discusses what monuments do and don’t do. “The suggestion voiced by some defenders of these monuments that removing them is tantamount to ‘erasing’ history is an oddly ironic complaint, for these monuments […]

The Art of a Confederate Prisoner at Point Lookout

Jacob Omenhausser was a confederate soldier who was a prisoner at the Union POW camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, in 1864. A talented artist and observer, he left us color sketches to depict life as he saw it in that camp. This article talks about Omenhausser and his artwork. We find “The New-York Historical Society has […]

Robert E. Lee High School, Race, and Segregation in Tyler, Texas

Here’s an interview with Tyler, Texas journalist Lee Hancock on the controversy surrounding changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler. The video’s description reads, “Lee Hancock shared the history of segregation in Tyler, Texas’, Robert E. Lee High School, and desegregation. She provided insight into the role the city played in […]