I have been blown away by the amount of thoughtful commentary that has come out over the past few weeks in response to the removal of monuments in New Orleans. It has been impossible to read them all. For a historian of Civil War memory I am hard pressed to find another period that has witnessed such an intense interest in Confederate monuments and their future in communities across the country.
With that in mind I have decided to undertake a little crowdsourcing project inspired by the success of #CharlestonSyllabus, which was organized by Kidada E. Williams, Keisha Blain, and Chad Williams. Their goal was to collect a wide range of resources to help the public better understand the the murder of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. That project ultimately resulted in a book by the same name.
I am calling this little project #NOLASyllabus and the goal is to collect as wide a range of resources to help teachers, students, and the general public better understand the history and memory of Confederate monuments in New Orleans and beyond as well as the broader debate.
I have yet to finalize the categories, but that will come with your participation. Feel free to offer any suggestions, especially sources that you believe should be included. Please think out of the box. You can leave your suggestions in the comments section below. On twitter you should (not surprisingly) use the hashtag #NOLASyllabus if you want to share suggestions there and please help me get the word out. The more people, the better.
You will find a link to the #NOLASyllabus list at the top of the page.