Why Understanding Civil War Monuments Matters

Jul 31, 2017

A few months ago after much debate, a Civil War monument of Robert E. Lee was removed from downtown New Orleans. Support for the public display of Confederate symbols in public often goes back to Southern Pride, but a new study about these symbols raises questions about how much Confederate enthusiasts known about the Confederacy. We talked about the role of historians in explaining the Civil War with historian Kevin Levin and Daina Ramey Berry, a professor of History and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.