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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: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

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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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