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Righting an injustice or American Taliban? the removal of Confederate statues

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dc.contributor.advisor Denning, Robert Reif, Andreas Wolfgang 2019-01-28T14:02:20Z 2019-01-28T14:02:20Z 2018-07
dc.description.abstract In recent years, several racial instances have occurred in the United States that have reinvigorated and demanded action concerning Confederate flags, statues and symbology. The Charleston massacre in 2015 prompted South Carolina to finally remove the Confederate battle flag from state grounds. The Charlottesville riots in 2017 accelerated the removal of Confederate statues from the public square. However, the controversy has broadened the discussion of how the Civil War monuments are to be viewed, especially in the public square. Many of the monuments were not built immediately following the Civil War, but later, during the era of Jim Crow and the disenfranchisement of African Americans during segregation in the South. Are they tributes to heroes or are they relics of a racist past that sought not to remember as much as to intimidate and bolster white supremacy? This work seeks to break up the eras of Confederate monument building and demonstrate that different monuments were built at different times (and are still being built). The monuments reflect other events in the country happening at the time, as well as the thinking of those who built them. This author hopes that these nuances will add to the general discussion and the usual three responses toward the statues of either taking them down to either destroy them, keep them, but add context, or place them in museums, cemeteries or private property. These nuances are important, possibly rendering all three as valid decisions. This author will use multiple lenses, including Union, Confederate, and African American lenses as interpreters for the various eras discussed. (Author abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Southern New Hampshire University en_US
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dc.rights Author retains all ownership rights. Further reproduction in violation of copyright is prohibited en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Southern New Hampshire University -- Theses (History) en_US
dc.subject.other American history en_US
dc.subject.other history en_US
dc.subject.other Charlottesville (VA) en_US
dc.subject.other Confederate States of America en_US
dc.subject.other Davis, Jefferson Finis en_US
dc.subject.other Lee, Robert Edward en_US
dc.subject.other statues en_US
dc.subject.other Taliban en_US
dc.title Righting an injustice or American Taliban? the removal of Confederate statues en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Reif, A.W. (2018). Righting an injustice or American Taliban? the removal of Confederate statues. Retrieved from en_US Master Arts en_US
dc.description.program History en_US College of Online and Continuing Education en_US
dc.digSpecs PDF/A-1b en_US
dc.rightsHolder Reif , Andreas Wolfgang

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