Why Are Confederate Monuments Controversial? Their Origins, Their Meaning, Their Legacy

If the Confederacy represents the greatest internal threat the United States has ever faced, why are there thousands of monuments across this country commemorating a movement that would have destroyed the world’s only republic?

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Confederate symbols and what they mean have dominated American political and cultural life over the past decade. Why? This presentation examines the origins of the Confederacy and the Lost Cause, where these monuments came from, and what they mean now.


Civil War and Reconstruction Public History and Memory

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