Robert E. Lee wanted no memorials to the Confederacy. He went to his grave, in fact, regretting that he had taken arms against his country and believed it was an act of treason. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/robert-e-lee-opposed-confederate-monuments (Links to an external site.) https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/169189 (Links to an external site.) The Confederate statues were erected not during or immediately after the end of the Civil war, but during the Jim Crow era in the twentieth century when the majority white population in the South passed laws to oppress the black population living in the South. Were they then statues to “honor” those who opposed the union of United States — OR — were they statues to support the principles for which the Southern states fought, which was the social order of white supremacy? https://www.npr.org/2017/08/20/544266880/confederate-statues-were-built-to-further-a-white-supremacist-future (Links to an external site.) Central Question: Should Confederate statues be deemed a “false” representation of U.S. history and be brought down due to the offensive message they convey? Or should Confederate statues be maintained in place in public as a reminder of the past, whether it be the losing Southern principle in the Civil War or the ugliness of the Jim Crow Era? If you think it is unseemly to support the second option directly above, think again. Some people feel strongly that Confederate statues should remain because of the very fact that they are part of our history. Of course, other people oppose this idea on the basis of the societal divisiveness they continue to convey. Important: for this assignment, do not include Christopher Columbus, the sales-owning Fathers of our Country George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc. Your focus must remain solely on the Confederate statues, as slavery was the central issue over which the Civil War was fought. Further, do not mistakenly suggest that the Civil War was a battle over “states’ rights.” The Southern states, largely agrarian, fought over their states’ rights to “own” other human beings to do the hard labor to sustain their economies. And they often used Biblical texts to justify their institution of slavery
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