Washington and Jefferson helped to build the republic.
Defenders of the statues want to honor the courage of the Confederates. "Why would someone whose own freedom literally existed because courageous people fought under the flag many times, be allowed to destroy it?" he asks. It is often said that history is written by the winners.
From the moment the American Civil War ended, there began a chorus of unabashed apologizing for the thoroughly defeated Southern Confederacy, which constituted the single gravest threat ever to the security of the United Slates.
Finally, those who oppose tampering with the monuments point out that there will be no end to such undertakings.
Stephens so disagreed with Davis over the trampling of Constitutional rights - such as the seizure of private property and forced conscription - that he spent the majority of the war away from the vice president's office in the Confederate capitol and back home in Crawfordville, Georgia. The second irony-if that is what it is-is far more disturbing.
Confederate captives in Madison: Camp Randall's history as Civil War prisoner-of-war campFor many Badgers, Camp Randall is hallowed ground. Emmett Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago visiting relatives in MS, was murdered in 1955 for flirting with a white woman.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., says he plans to introduce a bill removing a dozen monuments to Confederate figures from the U.S. Capitol - including the one of Stephens in the Statuary Hall. This is not a culture that should be memorialized.
Confederate monuments have been no stranger to white nationalism. Most were installed in the early 20th century, or in the period following World War II, when racial tensions were high. Public clashes between white supremacist hate groups and American citizens who are still fighting for a place of equality within our country have set a violent stage for a fight that should never have had to be fought in the first place.
I am not an advocate, nor a believer in all of the Lost Cause mythology which would later enshroud Lee, other Confederate commanders and the Lee family, but like many of those in charge of leading Confederate forces, they were community leaders of their day, from their respective states, and they made many lasting contributions to society and their nation, prior to and after the war. This clash of expectations led to brutal riots in places like Chicago and Tulsa, Okla., during which whites rampaged through black neighborhoods. The removal of this Confederate statue also sparked a protest in May, and a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally in July.
Among the questions raised by historians is what does Stephens' statue represent?
The Lee-Jackson statue and three others are now in a city lot, covered and protected.
Whether good or bad, the representation of these statues is one that depicts the truth of an extremely influential and important time in the upcoming of this great nation. "They have things to tell us about why they were created, the time in which they were created, and both the reasons for their creation, but also the way they have been interpreted since".
Titled "Children of the Confederacy Creed", the metal plaque honors soldiers who fought for the South during the Civil War and retells history by stating that the southern states didn't rebel and that slavery wasn't at the root of the 1860s conflict. She says proposals are coming in from artists, and reads an email aloud off her phone from an African-American artist who wants to paint the pedestals in a way that would educate people about the site's history.