Confederate Monuments Syllabus

A Crowdsourcing Project About Confederate Monuments and Civil War Memory: From #NOLA to #Cville

The horrific murders committed by Dylann Roof of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015 catapulted the debate about Confederate iconography onto the national stage. That debate has expanded to discussions in communities throughout the country about the place of Confederate monuments on public spaces. No two cities have been more directly impacted by these discussions than New Orleans, Louisiana, which removed four monuments in April and May 2017 and in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a young woman was murdered by white nationalists defending the Robert E. Lee monument on August 12, 2017.

The goal of #CivilWarMemorySyllabus is to assist teachers and students on the high school and college levels as well as others interested in better understanding the ongoing debate surrounding the meaning of Confederate monuments and the American Civil War. Most of the sources listed below were published in response to the debates and demonstrations that took place in New Orleans and Charlottesville.

NEW TO THE SITE

OP-EDS, EDITORIALS

Removal of the Robert E. Lee Monument in New Orleans

OP-EDs, EDITORIALS (NEW ORLEANS)

NEW ORLEANS: LOCAL VOICES

OP-EDS/ESSAYS (CHARLOTTESVILLE [BEFORE AUGUST 12, 2017])

OP-EDS/ESSAYS (CHARLOTTESVILLE [AFTER AUGUST 12, 2017])

Postcard of Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, VA

ACROSS THE COUNTRY

OP-EDS AND EDITORIALS ON THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

ADDITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHIES

BLOG POSTS

DOCUMENTARIES

LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

PUBLIC FORUMS ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS

CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS

ROUNDTABLE

INTERVIEWS

VIDEOS/INTERVIEWS

PRIMARY SOURCES

LEGISLATION

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Dedication of Confederate Monument at Arlington National Cemetery, 1914

MONUMENT DEDICATION ADDRESSES

TEACHING CONFEDERATE MEMORY AND ICONOGRAPHY

WEBSITES

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Soldiers and Sailors Memorial on the Boston Common

HISTORICAL OVERVIEWS

READINGS ON SLAVERY

READINGS ON THE MEMORY OF SLAVERY

READINGS ON THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION

READINGS ON JIM CROW

Dedication of the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial (54th Mass. Vol. Infantry), May 1897

READINGS ON MONUMENTS

READINGS ON MONUMENTS (INTERNATIONAL)

READINGS ON CIVIL WAR MEMORY

READINGS ON THE MYTH OF THE LOST CAUSE

READINGS ON THE CONFEDERATE FLAG

FOR CHILDREN