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NEWS: #Opinion (USA) This timeline shows confederate monuments are about racial conflict - Vox




This timeline shows confederate monuments are about racial conflict

Published on Aug 23, 2017

A history of confederate monuments, in one timeline.

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Following clashes of violence surrounding protest against the removal of Robert E. Lee's statue in Charlottesville Virginia, America's debate over the legacy of confederate symbolism has reopened. The central questions: Are these monuments meant to commemorate the racial tension underlying the confederacy's secession? Or are they meant to serve as a simple marker of American history?

The Southern Poverty Law Center created this timeline to document the upwards of 1500 monuments constructed between the civil war and today. For a deeper look at the data, you can check out their comprehensive report, "Who's Heritage? Public symbols of the confederacy," available here: https://www.splcenter.org/20160421/wh...

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Virginia State Police in riot gear stand in front of the statue of General Robert E Lee

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