Confederate Monuments: What to Do?

Thanks to the Organization of American Historians for making this panel discussion from the 2018 annual meeting available. It is one of the best academic discussions that I have seen to date. What worked well in this discussion was the ways in which it went beyond the narrow subject of Confederate monuments to include other relevant issues. I particularly enjoyed listening to Professor Kuo Wei Tchen.

Chair: Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, President Emeritus University of Richmond

Panelists: John Kuo Wei Tchen, Professor, New York University; Christy Coleman, CEO, American Civil War Museum; Turkiya Lowe, Chief Historian, National Park Service

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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