When these Confederate monuments were put up, African Americans who lived in those communities were disenfranchised. It was a moment when really only white Southerners were allowed to make the decisions about what statues to put up and where to put them. To me it seems only right that we revisit this and have everyone have a chance to be involved in those conversations and decide what to do with those monuments. I wrote a book, The Romance of Reunion , that was basically about how the North learned to like the white South, the Confederate South, in the 50 years after the Civil War, about how they came to accommodate themselves to the Confederate story.
So other people who had not actually been there were going to tell the story.
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How those stories get perpetuated into the next generation was interesting to me. People like to tell stories about the past that make them feel good, or that help them make a particular political point. But history, as it happened, is not about a feel-good agenda or scoring political points. We need to see beyond the BS story and grapple with something closer to the truth.
Sara Rimer spent 26 years as a reporter at the New York Times , where she wrote about education, the death penalty, immigration, and aging in America, and was the New England bureau chief. The Times nominated her for the Pulitzer Prize. Her coverage of the death penalty was cited by the Supreme Court in its landmark ruling outlawing the execution of developmentally disabled individuals.
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She began her career as a reporter at the Miami Herald and also worked at the Washington Post. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B. Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected.
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Worse, the North came to believe that the South was right after all,leading to the Chicage race riots when whites killed a black youth for swimming on a whites only public beach. Now, the War Department, bought into the Lost Cause, and namef named our most important army bases after Confederate war criminals such as, Fort Bragg.
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Summary This collection addresses how gender scholarship has changed interpretations of the Civil War. The contributors examine the study of masculinity and war, expand understandings of sexuality and politics, and deal with issues of health, treason, religion, domesticity and slavery, as they affected Northern and Southern men and women during the Civil War era.