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Confederacy



  • The Future Of Confederate Monuments

    by Kim O'Connell

    “The Park Service needs to ask, ‘Who’s coming to your site and who’s not coming to your site?’” says Denise Meringolo, a professor of public history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “Those monuments are a barrier to significant portions of the audience, for whom they are not simply inaccurate or annoying. They are traumatizing.”



  • A Southerner who abandoned the Lost Cause (Review)

    West Point historian Ty Seidule's book traces his own personal path from venerating the Lost Cause myth of the Confederacy to rejecting it, including questioning the number of monuments to Robert E. Lee at the US Military Academy. 



  • New Bills Target Stone Mountain, Confederate Monuments Across Georgia

    Two bills would act to broadly prohibit the maintenance or construction of Confederate monuments except in museums or on Civil War battlefields and authorize the state-chartered agency that maintains Stone Mountain Park to remove or modify the park's massive bas relief tribute to Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. 


  • Trump's Lost Cause Appeal: Can Cultural Victory Follow Political Defeat?

    by Paul J. Croce

    Donald Trump has already begun to follow the Confederate script for a "Lost Cause" battle for cultural validation. Those tempted to join that cause should remember that aside from validating grievances and bigotry, the original Lost Cause did little to help most white Southerners. 



  • ‘Robert E. Lee and Me’ Dismantles Confederate Mythology

    Retired Brigadier General and West Point historian Ty Seidule was drawn to the military by growing up with the myth of the gentleman soldier embodied by Robert E. Lee. His new book deconstructs the myth through autobiography. 



  • Keri Leigh Merritt on the New Lost Cause

    Independent historian Keri Leigh Merritt talks with FAIR's CounterSpin about the problem with the media calling the January 6 Capitol riots "unprecedented." 



  • Reconstruction Offers No Easy Answers for How to Handle the Trump Insurgency

    by Rebecca Onion

    It's tricky to draw any definitive lessons about how to deal with the Capitol insurgents from Reconstruction, particularly since many facile "lessons from history" make counterfactual assumptions. Historian Cynthia Nicoletti discusses the complex imperatives of justice, punishment, reconciliation, and national reunification that contributed to the course of Reconstruction.



  • Five Myths about the Lost Cause

    by Karen L. Cox

    At this time, it's worth examining the particular tenets of the Confederate Lost Cause mythology because of how pervasive they remain and because they may be a template for narratives of resentment and betrayal that are developing now.



  • Impeachment May Not Work. Here’s the Next Best Way to Dump Trump

    by Eric Foner

    The 14th Amendment empowers Congress to bar persons involved in insurrection against the United States from holding office. This can't remove Trump, but it can stop him (and anyone found to have plotted the Capitol rioting) from returning to office.