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.
This J. Marion Sims statue stands near the corner of 5th Avenue and 103rd Street on August 22, 2017 in New York City.

More Than a Statue: Rethinking J. Marion Sims’ Legacy

The "father of U.S. gynecology" is usually depicted as either a monstrous butcher or a benevolent healer. It's not that simple.
A statue of J. Marion Sims, a surgeon known as the father of modern gynecology, stands along an upper Manhattan street (August 23, 2017 in New York City)

Nature's Disastrous ‘Whitewashing’ Editorial

Science's ethos of self-correction should apply to how it thinks about its own history, too.
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.