Ken Burns speaks onstage during the press conference for 'Jackie Robinson' in 2016 in Pasadena, CA.

Thanks a Lot, Ken Burns

Because of you, my Civil War lecture is always packed with students raised on your romantic, deeply misleading portrait of the conflict.
Belle Isle, Detroit, where William Macomb kept enslaved people in the late 1700s.

The South Doesn't Own Slavery

Its legacy can be found in places far above the Mason-Dixon Line.
The Mississippi state flag hangs as protestors gathered for a sit in at a protest at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (July 25, 2016)

Charlottesville and the Mississippi Flag

A group of historians takes a stand for the removal of the Confederate emblem from their state's flag.
The statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial undergoes installation around 1920 in Washington DC.

Is it Still Okay to Venerate George Washington and Thomas Jefferson?

The president's stand on the Confederate hero represents the kind of moral relativism that conservatives usually decry.
The pedestal in Baltimore that was formerly the base for a statue of Roger B. Taney, former Chief Justice and majority author of the Dred Scott decision (August 16, 2017)

Why I Changed My Mind About Confederate Monuments

Empty pedestals can offer the same lessons about racism and war that the statues do.
Members of the Ku Klux Klan marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. (August 19th, 1925)

Was Charlottesville the Exception or the Rule?

White supremacy did not just parachute into our democracy. It's as old as the nation itself.
A publicity photo for the film Gone With the Wind. The character Mammy, played by Hattie McDaniel, is on the left (1939).

The Echoes of America's 'Faithful Slave' Trope in Lola's Story

How Alex Tizon’s essay echoes a trope with deep roots in American history

We Legitimize the ‘So-Called’ Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That’s a Problem

Tearing down monuments is only the beginning to understanding the false narrative of Jim Crow.

Disasters and the Politics of Memory

The challenges involved in constructing the 9-11 Museum in New York City within the context of other man-made disasters.
A stained glass window in the Washington National Cathedral depicting Robert E Lee.

Washington National Cathedral to Remove Stained Glass Windows Honoring Confederates

The debate over confederate iconography arrives in the closest thing the U.S. has to an official church.
Timeline of the creation of Confederate iconography in the U.S.

Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy

A Southern Poverty Law Center study identified over 1,500 publicly-displayed symbols of the Confederacy in the South and beyond.
9/11 Memorial, New York.

9/11 and the Inevitability of Forgetting

The events of Sept. 11 are etched into the memories of those who were alive that day. As history shows, future generations will feel differently.