What message does it send when we remove symbols of an unsavory – but important – part of American history?
Historically, Republican politicians have subtly – and not-so-subtly – exploited racial fears.
The story of the Grand Review of the Union Armies in May 1865 and of the veterans of Sherman's March who believed that it was their campaign that helped bring the Civil War to its end.
Why did the North win the Civil War 150 years ago? It could be argued that it was the Confederates who lost through such grave errors as the backing of a ferocious guerrilla campaign.
It officially ended 150 years ago on April 9 in Appomattox with General Lee's surrender, but the deep divisions that produced the Civil War still roil our national psyche.
In hearing the case of a group determined to put an image of the Confederacy on a Texas license plate, the Supreme Court again examines the the limits of "offensive" speech.