What follows is a short list of books for those of you who have been following the recent removal of monuments in New Orleans, as well as the broader debate, and are looking for suggestions for further reading.
This list includes titles that focus specifically on Civil War monuments, but also more broadly to include other periods in American history that have been memorialized as well as the international context.
This is certainly not intended as an exhaustive list.
- Thomas J. Brown, The Public Art of Civil War Commemoration (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2004).
- Erika Doss, Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (The University of Chicago Press, 2010).
- Sarah S. Driggs, Richard G. Wilson, and Robert P. Winthrop, Richmond’s Monument Avenue (University of North Carolina Press, 2001).
- William B. Lees and Frederick P. Gaske, Recalling Deeds Immortal: Florida Monuments to the Civil War (University Press of Florida, 2014)
- Stanford Levinson, Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (Duke University Press, 1998).
- James A. Percoco, Summers With Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments (Fordham University Press, 2008).
- Kirk Savage, Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America (Princeton University Press, 1997).
- Timothy S. Sedore, An Illustrated Guide To Virginia’s Confederate Monuments (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011).
Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to guide you in the right direction and please feel free to offer any additional suggestions.