History vs. Memory
What professional historians do – and don't – have to offer communities struggling with the Confederate monuments in their midst.
Kevin M. Levin
August 25, 2017
(Still) Worrying About the Civil War
Why I decided to devote my professional life to something I wasn't very interested in.
August 25, 2017
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.
The American Prospect
August 23, 2017
Some Thoughts on Public Memory
The only logic to honoring Lee is to honor treason and treason in the worst possible cause.
Talking Points Memo
August 14, 2017
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.
New York Review of Books
August 19, 2017
Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History
They do not simply commemorate American history, as the president declared. They honor just one part of that past.
New York Times
August 20, 2017
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