As witnessed by this past weekend’s events, monuments to the Confederacy continue to be used by white supremacists to support their ideology.
I’ve shared many other related resources (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More), but I thought a specific one on these monuments might be helpful to teachers.
Feel free to let me about about ones I’ve missed:
Confederate Monuments and Their Removal seems like a decent lesson plan from the Anti-Defamation League.
The debate over Confederate monuments and how to remember the Civil War makes an interesting point about a difference between “memory” and “history.” I might use it in IB Theory of Knowledge.
Confederate Monuments and the ‘Searing Truth’ is a lesson idea from The Morningside Center.
Debate over US Confederate monuments intensifies is from Al Jazeera.
This graphic (via @emayfarris) shows how late most Confederate monuments were put up.
Again, note the timing: Jim Crow & civil rights era. pic.twitter.com/ceDhXxdOD5
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 15, 2017
Fwiw Confederate Gen. Robert E Lee making the case against Confederate monuments… pic.twitter.com/zhSvmyxJ16
— Tom Perriello (@tomperriello) August 15, 2017
— Dr. Michael Bitzer (@BowTiePolitics) August 15, 2017
Robert E. Lee Topples From His Pedestal is from The Atlantic.
How other countries have dealt with monuments to dictators, fascists and racists is from The Washington Post.
Why Lee Should Go, and Washington Should Stay appeared in The New York Times.
Historians: No, Mr. President, Washington and Jefferson are not the same as Confederate generals. is from The Washington Post.
The Confederate General Who Was Erased appeared in The Huffington Post.
Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History is from The NY Times.
Here’s an important “take” from The Atlanta Black Star, Rethinking Removing Confederate Memorials: Why This May Not Work Out As Planned:
The tragedy of racial hate and the focus on racial symbol is that because they are monopolizing the national conversation, no one is talking about what it really means to be discriminated against.
Teaching History in Troubled Times is by Marc Tucker.
How to Repurpose a Bad Statue is from The Atlantic.
Toppling Monuments, a Visual History is from The New York Times.
Historians warn against rushing to take down statues is from The Associated Press.
Goodbye, Yosemite. Hello, What? is from The New York Times (it’s not clear from the headline its connection to Confederate monuments but it’s there).
We’re still fighting, more than 150 years after Appomattox is from The Associated Press.
How Lithuania dealt with its Soviet statues is from The Economist.
What Trump’s Generation Learned About the Civil War is from The Atlantic.
Far From Dixie, Outcry Grows Over a Wider Array of Monuments is from The New York Times.
— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) August 30, 2017
After Charlottesville: Public Memory and the Contested Meaning of Monuments is a lesson plan from Facing History.
San Francisco Will Remove Controversial Statue of Native American Man is from The New York Times.
Here’s an excerpt:
The statue, known as “Early Days,” shows a Native American man at the feet of a Catholic missionary, who towers over him and gestures toward the ground, and a Spanish cowboy gazing off in the distance.
You might also be interested in The Pope’s Canonization Of Junipero Serra Is A Great Teaching/Learning Opportunity – Here’s What I’m Doing.
Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen’ is from The NY Times.
Why a Statue of the ‘Father of Gynecology’ Had to Come Down is from The Atlantic.
We Are the Original Southerners is from The NY Times. It offers a Native American perspective on the Confederate Monument controversy.
People Are In Love With These Kids’ Ideas For What To Replace Confederate Monuments With is from BuzzFeed (thanks to Val Brown for the tip).
Segregation In America is a very impressive interactive website documenting – in multimedia – the history of…segregation in the United States. It was just unveiled by the Equal Justice Initiative, who last year released an equally impressive site on Lynching In America (see Google Supports Development Of New “Lynching In America” Interactive).
Talking to a Man Named Mr. Cotton About Slavery and Confederate Monuments is from The NY Times.
Charlottesville gave momentum to Confederate monument foes is from The Associated Press.
The ‘Silent Sam’ Confederate Monument at U.N.C. Was Toppled. What Happens Next? is column in The NY Times.
When Confederate Monuments Fall, Move Them to Your Classroom is from Ed Week.
Remove or keep a statue? South Africa debates painful legacy is from The Washington Post.
What Should Happen to Confederate Statues? A City Auctions One for $1.4 Million is from The NY Times.
As tensions flare over monuments, universities target California’s mission past is from The San Francisco Chronicle.
An Artist’s March to Freedom is a NY Times article about the same event.
In Virginia, Sacagawea Gets Her Own Statue is from NPR.
How Charlottesville’s Echoes Forced New Zealand to Confront Its History is from The NY Times.
A statue of a Confederate general was pulled down in Virginia Saturday night. It follows other removals, and comes amid a new campaign for Confederate monuments to be replaced. https://t.co/tm4Ndk7Idg
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 7, 2020
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 10, 2020
— CBS Sacramento CBS13 (@CBSSacramento) June 10, 2020
Here’s a map of Confederate monuments around the U.S.
Christopher Columbus Statues Beheaded, Pulled Down Across America is from Smithsonian Magazine.
For the umpteenth time: There’s a huge difference between honoring historical figures in spite of their sins (Washington, Jefferson, etc.), and honoring historical figures because of their sins (Lee, Davis, Forrest, etc.). https://t.co/Pgr7b9NSsK
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) June 12, 2020
John Sutter statue, days after being defaced, no longer stands at Sacramento hospital https://t.co/ARCdUUQUlf
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) June 16, 2020
Man Is Shot at Protest Over Statue of New Mexico’s Conquistador is from The NY Times.
Confederate monuments are falling, but hundreds still stand. Here’s where. is from The Washington Post.
A Monumental Shift is a Washington Post interactive.
Destroying Confederate monuments isn’t ‘erasing’ history. It’s learning from it. is from The Washington Post.
Protests target Spanish colonial statues that ‘celebrate genocide’ in US west is from The Guardian.
What persuades white Southerners to remove Confederate flags and monuments? is from The Washington Post.
The Statues Brought Down Since the George Floyd Protests Began is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Protesters tear down statue of Spanish missionary and saint Junipero Serra in Capitol Park is from The Sacramento Bee.
Confederate Statues Were Never Really About Preserving History is from Five Thirty Eight.
Historians: No, to removing Jefferson, Washington monuments. Yes, to contextualizing them. is from The Washington Post.
Confronting History, Transforming Monuments is from Facing History.
As challenges to Confederate monuments and other controversial memorials gain momentum, the Mellon Foundation will spend $250 million to support the creation of new American monuments and consider relocating or reimagining existing ones. https://t.co/waNZundCUA
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 6, 2020
How Centuries Of Racist Images Came Down In One Year – A Visual Guide is an amazing interactive from The Guardian. It highlights Confederate monuments, ones to colonization, and product brands that have been removed since George Floyd’s murder.
Confederate monuments in the U.S. over time is from Axios.
America’s 50,000 monuments: More mermaids than congresswomen, more Confederates than abolitionists is from The Washington Post.
In December, Tennessee removed “the most hideous monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest in all the land,” writes @MargaretRenkl. But don’t be fooled: “Racism is not even close to being a relic of the past.” https://t.co/QuGxBk7xp0
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) January 17, 2022