While Confederate statues and monuments around the nation get removed, defaced, covered up or toppled, some new memorials are being erected by people who insist their only purpose is to honor the soldiers who died for the South. Supporters of these new Civil War monuments describe a determination to hold onto their understanding of history. "What I want to get across is how much the South suffered, not only through the war but after the war, during the Reconstruction years," David Coggins said. His Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Brantley, Ala., dedicated a memorial to unknown Alabama Confederate soldiers in September.
Workers dismantle the Liberty Place monument in New Orleans on April 24, 2017. The monument commemorated whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government. Workers dismantle the Liberty Place monument in New Orleans on April 24, 2017. The monument commemorated whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government. New Orleans on Monday became the latest of a growing number of Deep South cities to purge its public space of Civil War-era memorials that some say are historically significant and others dismiss as offensive relics of white supremacy.
Protests against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville turned violent on August 12, when white supremacists clashed with counterprotesters. The incident triggered a national debate about other such Confederate monuments. Below we answer the most asked questions. The Confederate states were South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The desire of these states to preserve the institution of slavery was the primary motivation for secession and the main cause of the subsequent American Civil War, which began in1861.
JUDY WOODRUFF: United States history is dominating the headlines by being at the heart of a debate that has compelled many to take to the streets. How should Americans remember the past and confront the deep wounds of slavery? Our William Brangham explores how the events of recent weeks are sparking a national conversation. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: It began -- at least according to the organizers -- as a protest against plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. MALE: I think it's a historical monument and it should stay where it's at.
Two statues removed from two parks after the city council votes to sell the land to a private entity. More than 25 cities across the United States have removed or relocated Confederate statues and monuments amid an intense nationwide debate about race and history. After a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia in August to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee resulted in the death of a woman who was demonstrating against white supremacy, other cities have decided to remove Confederate statues. Many of the controversial mouments were dedicated in the early twentieth century or during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Discussions are under way about the removal of monuments in Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Pensacola, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia.