Hello Jim, what are your thoughts on proposals to remove the Stone Mountain Confederate leaders face?
Hello! I am almost finished with my undergrad in history. I do enjoy U.S history, and Early Modern Europe is my favorite. Other than teaching, would you have advice on other fields to go into?
Have you ever been to the Charleston Museum in South Carolina? I feel like they do a good job of finding the balance between remembering America's dark times without promoting what happened. I think it sets a good example for what could be done with Confederate monuments and memorials.
Also, since you have studied African American history, what do you believe is the best way to get the opposing sides talking about this issue without emotion outweighing everything else in the conversation?
There's a quote from churchill that "History is written by the victor".
How much truth do you think there is to that statement, and have you ever found yourself being intentionally or unintentionally biased when writing?
Hi! Can confederate monuments be found in other countries around the world? If so, how did this come to be? Thanks!
Most historical figures have values that are sickening to modern sensibilities. Are the very idea of monuments flawed? Is it enrvitible that all monuments eventually get torn down?
I'm sure you probably get this question a lot, and I must submit my advance apologies for submitting it to you again. But, although not a physical stone monument unto itself, what are your thoughts regarding the ideological obelisk of the Confederate flag, and the seemingly still tense debate around it?
- What it does and doesn't represent, and
- The demands for its removal (from this or that site), or stalwart refusals thereof in the name of "pride?"
Where do you think a fair line can be drawn between remembrance and hero worship of men who fought their own countrymen? What do the statues look like that are not being protested?
Is there a specific story that comes to mind of some relatively small scale thing from the Civil War/Reconstruction era that still has an impact on modern life in an area of the South or Country?
Are there any other countries out there that have a similar issue with monuments to a rebellion that compares to the civil war?
Where do appeals to “heritage” fall into this debate? Can we defend indefensible memorials of the past such as the confederate flag and statues motivated by racism by the arguments that refer to fathers and grandfathers feeling connected to these physical objects despite not believing in their original meaning? i.e.: Can we accept that the meaning of symbols can change?