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(Brion McClanahan) The “contextualization” and removal of Confederate monuments is part of an ongoing process to change the narrative about the War for Southern Independence.
How so, you might ask, as most people do not get their history from monuments.
This is true, but monuments are tourist attractions and do have a lasting impact on the cultural legacy of a people and a place.
You see, to the Righteous Cause Mythologist, Confederate monuments represent defiance.
They must be removed to preserve their vision of what America “should be,” a nationalized, centralized, “United State” centered on a New England vision of the “American people.”
Charles Sumner was an active proponent of this message in the 1850s, and as Susan Mary Grant has pointed out in her book, North Over South, a Northern vision of what it meant to be an “American” became the most important legacy of the War.
Don’t let these modern Righteous Cause dopes fool you into believing that somehow the South really won the War.
That would have been news to anyone who lived through…Monuments to Only One Side | Brion McClanahan Author & Historian