For decades, Civil War monuments – especially Confederate monuments – have been lightning rods for controversy, primarily when public funds are needed to repair or maintain them. Recent events – from the June 2015 Charleston murders to the 2016 election – have unleashed an unprecedented wave of anger against Confederate symbols, which has prompted the removal of monuments from public spaces. What are the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which Civil War monuments were erected? How have changes in those contexts affected the ways in which our increasingly diverse public regards Civil War monuments? Join us as we seek to provide the background and perspective needed to understand the controversies surrounding Civil War monuments.
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