‘Early Days.’ Detail of Frank Happersberger’s pioneer monument, San Francisco, California, 1894. Photo by Lisa Allen.
Many cities are removing their Confederate statues. But pioneer monuments represent a racist past, too. There are at least 200 of them, and their future is now being debated.
Gov.-elect Ralph Northam won handily in Virginia with a campaign focused on abortion rights, racial justice and support for immigration. He has black voters and northern Virginia’s diverse suburbs to thank for the victory.
In Virginia, suburbanites, city-dwellers and black voters together rebuffed racism as an electoral strategy and handed Dems a huge win. Is this diverse coalition the future of Old Dominion politics?
A Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, North Carolina after protesters toppled and defaced it.
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Over the course of human history, symbols and monuments have invoked violent impulses and destruction.
‘Assault on Fort Sanders’ by Kurz & Allison (1891).
Those calling it slavery fan fiction are ignoring the long, nuanced tradition of articles and films that wonder what would have happened if the South had won.
A Confederate memorial to Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee in Georgia.
In defending white nationalists in Charlottesville, Donald Trump took aim at the founding fathers.
Displaying Confederate statues in a carefully curated museum would help end a toxic debate about the difference between remembering and venerating.
A statue of a Confederate soldier nicknamed Silent Sam stands on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Should they stay or should they go?
Did Trump’s rhetoric played a part in radicalizing the far-right protesters in Charlottesville?
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The Robert E. Lee statue for which the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was organized to protest its removal in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The violence sparked by the removal of Confederate statues in the US shows the ideas that collect around historical monuments. Sometimes it's better to remove them; yet they can be an important way of remembering trauma.