Growing Up in the Shadow of the Confederacy
Memorials to the Lost Cause have always meant something sinister for the descendants of enslaved people.
Vann R. Newkirk
August 22, 2017
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.
Gregory P. Downs
April 29, 2015
Dismantled But Not Destroyed
One alternative to tearing down Confederate monuments: creatively repurposing them.
August 18, 2017
By Retiring a Seal, Harvard Wages War on the Dead — but to What End?
Rather than censuring the legacies of our ancestors, we should work to make our descendants proud.
March 18, 2016
The Pernicious Myth of the ‘Loyal Slave’ Lives on in Confederate Memorials
Statues don’t need to venerate military leaders of the Civil War to promulgate false narratives.
August 17, 2017
America's Other Original Sin
Europeans didn’t just displace Native Americans — they enslaved them, on a scale historians are only beginning to fathom.
January 18, 2016
What Was the Confederate Flag Doing in Cuba, Vietnam, and Iraq?
The Confederate flag’s military tenure continued long after the Civil War ended.
July 7, 2015
The Confederate Flag Largely Disappeared after the Civil War
The fight against civil rights brought it back.
June 12, 2017
Bill O’Reilly Is America’s Best-Selling Historian
And other problems we need to solve before we can get out of this mess.
Andrew J. Bacevich
June 22, 2017
How Charleston Celebrated Its Last July 4 Before the Civil War
As the South Carolina city prepared to break from the Union, its people swung between nostalgia and rebellion.
What It Means to Be American
June 29, 2017
Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates: The Problem With Popularization
Making history more appealing to the public may come at a cost.
June 17, 2009
American Slavery: Separating Fact From Myth
Before we can face slavery, learn about it and acknowledge its significance to American history, we must dispel the myths surrounding it.
Henry Nash Smith
June 19, 2017