In the last few years perhaps more than at any time since the Civil War, monuments to Confederate leaders have become the focus of angry debate. Professor Robert E. May of Purdue University explores the history behind the erection of these memorials and why controversies over their removal provoke such polarizing responses today. May also charts a way forward in determining the fate of these monuments.
Contesting Dixie: States' Rights, Slavery, & the War Over Confederate Memory
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