Tag Archives: slavery

Witnessing a Rally for a Brand-New Confederate Monument

30 Aug

Alexis Okeowo, a black woman, reflects at the New Yorker on her attending the rally for a new Confederate monument: Witnessing a Rally for a Brand-New Confederate Monument | The New Yorker

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American Historical Association Statement on Confederate Monuments (August 2017)

30 Aug

The American Historical Association welcomes the emerging national debate about Confederate monuments. Much of this public statuary was erected without such conversations, and without any public decision-making process. Across the country, communities face decisions about the disposition of monuments and memorials, and commemoration through naming of public spaces and buildings. These decisions require not only attention to historical facts, including the circumstances under which monuments were built and spaces named, but also an understanding of what history is and why it matters to public culture.

Read the rest of the statement here: AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments (August 2017) | AHA

What Trump’s Generation Learned About the Civil War

30 Aug

Textbooks shape common understandings, and textbooks have a history. At The Atlantic, Matt Ford reports on U.S. history textbooks that shaped Trump and Clinton’s generation: What Trump’s Generation Learned About the Civil War – The Atlantic

The Making and the Breaking of the Legend of Robert E. Lee

29 Aug

I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.

28 Aug

“Did the slaves here appreciate the care they got from their mistress?” one woman asked, pinchedly.

Read the rest of Margaret Biser’s account of leading tours that taught about slavery on a southern plantation: I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. – Vox

Is it still okay to venerate George Washington and Thomas Jefferson?

19 Aug

Historian David A. Bell offers some wise words on heroes and the past: Is it still okay to venerate George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? – The Washington Post

American Indians: The Forgotten Slaves

12 Dec

A line engraving depicts a captured Native American being sent into slavery by colonists in the 17th century.

The Americas were built on the backs of not just black slaves but Indian slaves as well. Historian Margaret Ellen Newell reviews Andres Resendez’s The Other Slavery here at The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Forgotten Slaves – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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