Since the tragic events in Charlottesville, many scholars of Civil War memory have been on the front lines of a public discussion about the meaning of white supremacist memorials, and their future in our nation’s civil and collegiate landscapes.
You will find below links to historian-authored op-eds and blog posts, listed in alpha order by last name.
A few were written in the weeks before Charlottesville (noted with an *) and most others in the wake of it. Through them you can see the ways that this event has produced a sea change in public and historical opinion about these memorials.
As historians continue to write pieces about the symbols and structures of racism in American culture, I will update the page.
Single-authored op-eds and blog posts:
“Roundtable” articles and blog posts:
“A Monumental Discussion,” Emerging Civil War Blog. From this link you can move back and forth between posts by several historians.
Featured image of the August 16, 2017 candlelight vigil in Charlottesville, by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.