After Threats to Turn It Into a Toilet, a Confederate Monument Is Recovered

A stone chair dedicated to Jefferson Davis has been returned to the United Daughters of the Confederacy after a group calling itself White Lies Matter claimed to have stolen it.

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Charlottesville Can Remove Confederate Statues, High Court Rules

Monuments to the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are not protected by state law and can come down, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

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Maryland’s State Song, a Nod to the Confederacy, Nears Repeal

The lyrics of “Maryland, My Maryland,” long criticized as sympathetic to the Confederacy, refer to Abraham Lincoln as a “despot” and Union soldiers as “Northern scum!”

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An Unlikely Alliance in Upstate N.Y. and the Fight for Black and Women’s Rights

Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward and Martha Wright shared a political cause and residency in Auburn, N.Y. “The Agitators,” by Dorothy Wickenden, tells the story of their joint crusade.

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Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.

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The Real Story of the ‘Draft Riots’

In 1863, mobs of white New Yorkers terrorized Black people. The response has something to teach us.

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Puncturing the Allure of Robert E. Lee, and Other Civil War-Era Histories

Three new books investigate Lost Cause mythology, justice in post-bellum Kentucky and the vibrant life of New Orleans’s Creole community in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Trump’s New Civil Religion

The storming of the Capitol is a creation myth for a political movement.

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Confederate Battle Flag in the Capitol: A ‘Jarring’ First in U.S. History

Historians said it was unnerving to see a man carry the flag inside the Capitol, something not even Confederate soldiers were able to do during the Civil War.

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The Capitol Takeover That Wasn’t

In 1861, a pro-Southern mob wanted to block the tallying of electoral votes for Lincoln. So did some congressmen.

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We Need a Second Great Migration

Georgia illuminates the path to Black power. It lies in the South. Follow me there.

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What Trump Shares With the ‘Lost Cause’ of the Confederacy

It is hard to miss the parallels between now and then of rewriting history and campaigns of disinformation.

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Abolition Is Not Complete

The framers of the 13th Amendment did not intend to establish an empire of prison labor.

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Thanksgiving Is a Celebration of Freedom

The origins of the national holiday have little to do with Pilgrims and Indians.

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Enslaved, Terrorized, Disenfranchised: Black Americans Still Found Ways to Change America

Two new works of history, “South to Freedom,” by Alice L. Baumgartner, and “The Kidnapping Club,” by Jonathan Daniel Wells, show how the actions of Black Americans have long influenced national politics.

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For Biden and Harris, Defeating Trump Is Just the Beginning

The road to Trumpism was decades long. The road back won’t be easy.

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How Lincoln Survived the Worst Election Ever

There are many parallels between 1860 and 2020. Let’s hope there aren’t too many.

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Virginia Governor Can Remove Robert E. Lee Statue, but Not Yet, Judge Rules

The judge affirmed an order by Gov. Ralph Northam but allowed the monument to remain while local residents appeal the decision.

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Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Statue Can Come Down, but Not Yet, Judge Rules

The judge affirmed an order by Gov. Ralph Northam but allowed the monument to remain while local residents appeal the decision.

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Book Review: ‘The Zealot and the Emancipator,’ by H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands’s “The Zealot and the Emancipator” looks at how two opponents of slavery chose very different paths to abolition.

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Mellon Foundation to Spend $250 Million to Reimagine Monuments

The initiative, the largest in the organization’s history, will support the creation of new monuments, as well as the relocation or rethinking of existing ones.

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Searching for the Real Abraham Lincoln

David S. Reynolds’s “Abe” seeks to understand Lincoln by placing him in the context of his times.

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A Counter to Confederate Monuments, Black Cemeteries Tell a Fuller Story of the South

Many have fallen into disrepair, the victims of mismanagement, political strife or abandonment. Now there’s an effort to restore and protect them.

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Amid the Monument Wars, a Rally for ‘More History’

Historians recently gathered at Civil War sites across the country in an effort to highlight distortions, omissions and the erasure of Black contributions.

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A Civil War Political Movement Reawakens — Complete With Capes

In 1860, the Wide Awakes mobilized against slavery and for Abraham Lincoln. A new collective is tapping into their spirit today.

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Confederate Statue Near Site of White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Is Removed

The 111-year-old monument, “At Ready,” includes two cannons and cannonballs. It was near the site of a violent white supremacist rally in 2017 that killed one and injured dozens more.

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The Trauma of the Civil War Lives On in Faulkner’s Fiction

“The Saddest Words,” by the scholar Michael Gorra, argues that America’s troubled racial past is the central, if often unspoken, theme at the heart of Faulkner’s work.

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The South’s Fight for White Supremacy

Immediately after the Civil War ended, the South began a campaign to deny the true meaning of the conflict.

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We Need a Monument to the Unknown America

A memorial makes a statement about who is worth preserving. Why not a sacred and beautiful nothingness?

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Massachusetts Court Won’t Use Term ‘Grandfathering,’ Citing Its Racist Origins

The term was “adopted by some states after the Civil War in an effort to disenfranchise African-American voters,” the court noted.

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The Reconciliation Must Be Televised

What is the next step as America confronts its racism? A broadcast spectacle, our critic writes, that could look like court, a telethon, therapy, an Oprah show — and more.

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A Virginia Town Built Around Confederate Generals Re-Examines Its Identity

In Lexington, Va., where Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are buried, people are reassessing the town’s ties to a legacy that symbolizes slavery and oppression.

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Someone Tore Down a Union Army Statue in Saratoga Springs. Why?

The monument in a New York park was dedicated to men who volunteered to fight for the Union during the Civil War. It is unclear who toppled it, and for what reason.

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Pentagon Sidesteps Trump to Ban the Confederate Flag

The defense secretary lists the types of flags that are allowed to appear on bases worldwide. That flag does not fit.

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How Joe Biden Can Address the Monuments Issue

Monuments and memorials should present an honest version of the nation’s contradictory story. The Biden campaign can seize this historical moment.

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North Carolina City Approves Reparations for Black Residents

The measure passed by the City Council of Asheville, N.C., would provide funding to promote homeownership and business opportunities, but stopped short of stipulating direct payments.

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Rename theMilitary Bases That Honor Confederates

The military should rechristen bases named for Confederates. Better options are not hard to find.

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Milley Calls for ‘Hard Look’ at Renaming Bases Honoring Confederates

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a House hearing that “there is no place in our armed forces for manifestations, or symbols of racism, bias or discrimination.”

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Time Capsule Found in North Carolina Confederate Monument

Workers removing a monument in North Carolina found a deteriorated time capsule from 1894. Inside were objects said to belong to Robert E. Lee, though some historians doubt their legitimacy.

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The Confederate Monuments We Shouldn’t Tear Down

Removing statues that glorify the Confederacy from public spaces is one thing. Our history is another.

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Trump Defends Confederate Flag in Latest Race-Based Appeal to White Voters

President Trump implied that NASCAR’s decision to prohibit Confederate flags at its races was a mistake while also falsely asserting that a top Black driver, Bubba Wallace, had engaged in a hoax involving a noose found in his stall.

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I’m a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial.

Monticello is shrine enough for a man who wrote that “all men are created equal” and yet never did much to make those words come true.

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My Life Under Mississippi’s Racist Flag

It waved to us again and again: Know your place.

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Richmond Removes Stonewall Jackson Statue From Monument Avenue

“We have needed to turn this page for decades,” Mayor Levar Stoney said. The capital of Virginia will take down other Confederate statues in the coming days.

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Mississippi Governor Signs Law to Remove Flag With Confederate Emblem

The state flag, which features the blue bars and white stars of the Confederate battle flag, had flown over Mississippi for 126 years. It must be removed within 15 days.

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We Don’t Have to Like Them. We Just Need to Understand Them.

No question the Roosevelt sculpture has to go. But what of the Shaw Memorial in Boston? Eliminate or obscure it, or explain it?

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How Statues Are Falling Around the World

Statues and monuments that have long honored racist figures are being boxed up, spray-painted — or beheaded.

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As Symbols of the Confederacy Fall, Activists Say Mississippi’s Flag Should Be Next

A renewed challenge to the state flag, the only one with the Confederate battle flag embedded in it, has stirred a familiar debate between tradition and changed views on race.

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The 1865 Handwritten Order Marking Juneteenth Has Been Found

The order to inform Texans that “all slaves are free” was found in a Union Army records book in the National Archives in Washington on Thursday.

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Cities Want to Remove Toxic Monuments. But Who Will Take Them?

Governors and mayors are under pressure to remove statues tied to slavery or colonialism. But finding them a new home might not be easy.

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