Once stripped of their symbolic power, problem monuments offer what educators call 'teachable moments,' helping people assess society's current values and compare them with what mattered in the past.
Protests of Confederate flags and monuments have grown since 2015, but resistance is not new. African Americans have been protesting against Confederate monuments since they were erected.
Flying the distinctive Confederate flag stokes strong reactions — as Australian soldiers are discovering.
Symbols of the Confederacy can be seen in Brazil, Ireland, Germany and beyond. While some people may not grasp their racist history, others clearly fly the 'rebel flag' to defend white supremacy.
History will cast a long shadow over Donald Trump's first campaign rally since the pandemic began.
A new look at detailed data about Civil War skirmishes along the Mississippi River reveals another key to the Union's victory.
Take a good look at those old Christmas ornaments before hanging them on the tree – you may find it's time to retire some family keepsakes.
Where do old Confederate statues go when they die? The former Soviet bloc countries could teach the US something about dealing with monuments from a painful past.
The Confederate flag debate has arrived to Brazil, pitting black activists against the Brazilian descendants of soldiers who fled the South after the Civil War.
Virginia's stark political contradictions, reflecting centuries of racism and a new liberal majority, were on display when a blackface image was found recently on the governor's old yearbook page.
In scrutinizing statues honoring Confederate figures, journalists have overlooked military bases named after generals who fought to defend the slavery of black people.
Memorial Day, a holiday that began 151 years ago, was born out of generous gestures after the Civil War: Southerners decorated graves of Confederate soldiers as well as those of former Union enemies.
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.
Should they stay or should they go?
To pitch an alternative timeline, you first have to believe a particular narrative of real history. That's where things can go wrong.
A scholar of southern politics finds inspiration in an unexpected place.
An Army veteran and professor of rhetoric explores poetry written by veterans about a divisive holiday born of the Civil War.
The struggle for equal rights for black citizens in the U.S. today is backed by the promise of the 14th Amendment. A historian takes us back to the grassroots movements that led to its passage.
The votes in South Carolina's presidential primaries are once again expected to fall along racial lines.
What message does it send when we remove symbols of an unsavory – but important – part of American history?