Spearheaded by cities after Charlottesville, Confederate monuments come down

File image of Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park in Charlottesville

File image of Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park in Charlottesville

"If he can get us to talk about the question of Confederate statues and whether they're heritage or racist, that's something he can win on and I think he knows it, and he's pushing hard to focus on that rather than who actually showed up at the rally on the one side, who were the white supremacists, the Nazis, and bad people", said Hardwick. ♦ Many monuments were erected between 1890 and 1920.

In many places, Confederate monuments have become rallying points for white nationalists, and efforts to remove many such statues around the country have been stepped up since the Charlottesville rally, called by white nationalists to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. As Megan Kate Nelson, another Civil War historian, says: "As a nation we prefer to erase our history of trauma in public".

"The majority of people from Henderson County went off to war on the Confederate side but some number of them were on the Union side". By comparison, 418,000 Americans died during World War II. Kentucky: Mayor of Lexington to seek relocation of two monuments.

"The first began around 1900, amid the period in which states were enacting Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise the newly freed African Americans and re-segregate society". This spike lasted well into the 1920s, a period that saw a dramatic resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, which had been born in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War.

"The second spike began in the early 1950s and lasted through the 1960s, as the civil rights movement led to a backlash among segregationists". Later, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina followed suit.

"There has been a "conversation" about what to do with the monuments for several decades but since Dylann Roof's murderous attack in Charleston in 2015 any residual tolerance for Confederate symbols has shrunk", he told nine.com.au.

"Neo-Nazis and white nationalists have seized on these monuments as symbols of hatred and defiance, so they are rallying to defend them", he said.

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"Trump's only comments has made it likely that the monuments will be at the front lines of the nation's partisan/cultural wars for the near future (if not longer)".

The decision followed the shooting of nine African-American people in a SC church by a young white man. The monuments consisted of a plaque and a larger statue that commemorated fallen Confederate soldiers.

The historian predicted that the accelerated efforts of cities to remove confederate symbols, including Baltimore and NY, would lead to more deaths at the hands of far-right extremists.

"Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught".

Boyd Brown of SC, a former state lawmaker and onetime member of the Democratic National Committee, says Democrats are right to oppose Confederate monuments and criticize Trump's remarks.

Although the confederate flag was not the prominent symbol of the Confederacy during its existence, it started appearing again in the mid-20th century, when it was incorporated in the flags of Southern states. You can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson -who's next, Washington, Jefferson?

"There are Confederate memorials in Arizona, Washington state, and other states outside of the South", Prof Brundage said.

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Interestingly, one opponent of memorials to the Confederacy is Robert E. Lee himself.

Slavery was the root cause of the conflict between northern and southern states.

On Wednesday Baltimore took down its monument honouring Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson without fanfare.

"For me, the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain", Mayor Catherine Pugh said.

The 1948 statues were taken down after Baltimore's council voted unanimously to remove them.

"The plaque may not have elicited the same attention or emotions as the offensive statues and monuments that glorify the Confederacy, but that's no reason for it remain on public land and serve as a flashpoint in this national debate", St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said in a statement to the Times.

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