A young boy stares at the statue of Abraham Lincoln which greets visitors to the new Gettysburg National Military Park Museum in 2010 in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.

We Need a New Museum that Tells Us How We Came to Believe What We Believe

The answers are just as important as the stories that our history books tell.
The slave auction block in downtown Fredericksburg, VA that has been the center of recent controversy.

The 'Slave Block' in a Town in Virginia: Should it Stay or Should it Go?

This is not a monument, it’s a piece of history. But should it be removed from view?
Two sculptures by the Monumental Bronze Co.: Union soldier in Westfield, N.J., erected in 1889 (L); Confederate soldier in Windsor, N.C., erected in 1898 (R)

Why Those Confederate Soldier Statues Look a Lot Like Their Union Counterparts

Many monuments in the South were made in the North — by the same companies, and with the same molds, as those sold to Northern towns.
Landing Negroes at Jamestown from Dutch man-of-war, 1619

The Fallacy of 1619

Rethinking the history of Africans in Early America.
Empty pedestal that used to support a statue of Roger B. Taney,  majority author of the Dred Scott decision. On Aug 16, the City of Baltimore removed it, following the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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History vs. Memory

What professional historians do – and don't – have to offer communities struggling with the Confederate monuments in their midst.
A Confederate soldier monument in a park in Madison, Florida.
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(Still) Worrying About the Civil War

Why I decided to devote my professional life to something I wasn't very interested in.

How About Erecting Monuments to the Heroes of Reconstruction?

Americans should build this pivotal post–Civil War era into the new politics of historical memory.
Statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA.

Some Thoughts on Public Memory

The only logic to honoring Lee is to honor treason and treason in the worst possible cause.
Thomas Jefferson statue at the University of Virginia.

Charlottesville: Why Jefferson Matters

Annette Gordon-Reed explores the ways in which the many paradoxes of Jefferson make him a potent figure for racists and anti-racists alike.
A Confederate solider monument in El Dorado, AR.

Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History

They do not simply commemorate American history, as the president declared. They honor just one part of that past.
A Confederate flag is seen during a rally to show support for it.

Growing Up in the Shadow of the Confederacy

Memorials to the Lost Cause have always meant something sinister for the descendants of enslaved people.
A Freeman's Bureau agent stands between armed groups of whites and Freedmen.

There's No National Site Devoted to Reconstruction—Yet

The National Parks Service, which preserves many Civil War sites, is finally looking for a way to mark the struggles that defined its legacy.