Civil Rights History

The consequences of 250 years of enslavement, of war upon black families and black people, were profound. Like homeownership today, slave ownership was aspirational, attracting not just those who owned slaves but those who wished to. Much as homeowners today might discuss the addition of a patio or the painting of a living room, slaveholders [...]

This morning I received an email from a student at Walpole High School, who read my last post on the Confederate flag. His email and my response follow. First off I'd like to make it very clear that I do not speak for every individual at Walpole High, and that my views do not necessarily [...]

On April 11 at statue to Judge Julius Waites Waring will be unveiled in Charleston, South Carolina. Waring was the son of a Confederate veteran, who was eventually appointed by Franklin Roosevelt to the federal bench. He is best remembered for his dissent in the 1951 case, Briggs vs. Elliott, which anticipated the landmark case [...]

Update: This story from yesterday's New York Times on Mississippi's planned Civil Rights museum slated to open in 2017 fits right into this post. While interpreting the Jefferson Davis and Confederate Soldiers' Monuments on the Alabama State House grounds a little over a week ago I couldn't help but wonder whether this Lost Cause narrative [...]