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  • Originally published 11/15/2017

    Scholars of Slavery Force a Public Reckoning

    As America confronts its past, historians are asking new questions, pushing colleges, corporations, cities, museums, and governments to account for their ties to slavery.

  • Originally published 10/31/2017

    What Should We Do with Confederate Monuments?

    Dane Kennedy

    A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Rayburn House Office Building to hear three leading authorities on the subject: David Blight, Karen Cox, and Gaines Foster.

  • Originally published 10/30/2017

    Virginia church to move plaques honoring Lee and Washington

    In response to violent protests over the fate of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, a 244-year-old Episcopal church in Alexandria is planning to move a set of plaques honoring former parishioners Robert E. Lee and George Washington.

  • Originally published 10/23/2017

    A Confederate general who was erased from history

    Roanoke Times Editorial

    The conversation these days is about whether Confederate statues should be taken down. Here’s a question nobody is asking: Which Confederate statues should we be putting up? Why are there not statues to William Mahone?

  • Originally published 10/17/2017

    Confederate statues still stand in rural Virginia

    The chorus of opposition to Confederate monuments has yet to strike a chord in southwestern Virginia, where the service of the “brave men and women” who fought and died for the Confederacy is enshrined in the statue of a soldier in the center of the city.

  • Originally published 10/05/2017

    As Confederate statues come down, what about Columbus?

    While historians caution against lumping in Columbus with Confederates who came three centuries later, they say Columbus’ holiday and monuments remain ripe for reassessment — whether they stay, change or vanish entirely.

  • Originally published 09/19/2017

    The Making and the Breaking of the Legend of Robert E. Lee

    Eric Foner

    Whatever the fate of his statues and memorials, so long as the legacy of slavery continues to bedevil American society, it seems unlikely that historians will return Lee, metaphorically speaking, to his pedestal.

  • Originally published 09/07/2017

    The Preacher Whose Statue Was Booted for Reagan

    Gil Troy

    A decade ago, the anti-slavery preacher Thomas Starr King was removed from the Capitol and replaced by Ronald Reagan. Maybe his statue should be placed in a certain white house.

  • Originally published 08/21/2017

    What those monuments stand for

    Manisha Sinha

    There is one thing that the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who rallied to the defense of Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville got right: They understood the historical meaning of Confederate monuments.

  • Originally published 08/21/2017

    Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History

    Eric Foner

    When Mr. Trump identifies statues commemorating Confederate leaders as essential parts of “our” history and culture, he is honoring a dark period in our history when citizenship was restricted to white people.

  • Originally published 08/18/2017

    Political Rage Over Statues? Old News in the Old World

    Recent episodes of rage and bloodshed over the removal of Confederate statues in the United States have a familiar ring for Europeans, who have been battling over their historical narratives and tearing down statues of noxious former leaders since the Bronze Age — and probably before.

  • Originally published 08/16/2017

    Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

    Beginning soon after midnight on Wednesday, a crew, which included a large crane and a contingent of police officers, began making rounds of the city’s parks and public squares, tearing the monuments from their pedestals and carting them out of town.

  • Originally published 08/13/2017

    White nationalists picked Charlottesville for a reason

    Long a haven for racists – it was the last town in America to desegregate schools following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Brown v. Board of Education – Charlottesville turned liberal and this spring voted to remove a Confederate monument to Robert E. Lee.

  • Originally published 07/03/2017

    Confederate street names stir debate in ... New York City?

    Two of the Confederate Army’s best-known leaders have streets named for them in a place not normally associated with the Southern side of the Civil War – New York City. Now some elected officials are trying to undo it.

  • Originally published 05/13/2017

    Now a Jefferson Davis Statue in New Orleans Is Removed

    Crews, wearing masks to cover their faces, worked under a heavy police presence starting at 3 a.m. Thursday to dismantle the statue, which was erected in 1911, nearly 50 years after the end of the war, and commissioned by the Jefferson Davis Memorial Association.

  • Originally published 04/27/2017

    South Carolina Republican: scrap slave memorial if Confederate monument goes

    Sheri Few, who is running for South Carolina’s fifth congressional district, has said the removal of a Confederate monument in the state should be matched by the removal of a memorial to African American slaves. And if elected, she said she would focus on “fighting the destruction of every bit of Confederate memorabilia in our country.”

  • Originally published 10/17/2016

    Roger B. Taney Was as Bad as You Think

    Jeremy J. Tewell

    He may never have joined the Confederacy, but he wholeheartedly embraced slavery, despite what the New York Times says.

  • Originally published 10/20/2013

    Why Things are Looking Good for Israel

    Jonathan (Yoni) Shimshoni and Nimrod Hurvitz

    The Arab Spring, Iranian sanctions, the Syrian civil war, and the fall of the Brotherhood in Egypt have all strengthened the Israeli strategic position.