Grape & Canister
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Historian Kellie Carter Jackson on why she is participating in a 24-hour teach-in to protest Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s ongoing campaign to censor the teaching of history.
The disciplines of African American studies, women and gender studies and ethnic studies are about giving voice, volume and value to the countless ways marginalized people have contributed to American success, identity and culture. Accordingly, it is only fitting that scholars, educators, teachers and those in solidarity use their voices to speak out to keep these histories alive and present in Americans minds. Anything short is dishonest at best and deadly at the extreme.
The last remaining piece of a Confederate statue that once stood in Jacksonville, Florida has been removed.
Another US Army base named in honor of a Confederate general has been removed.
Black United States soldiers from Natchez, Mississippi, who helped defeat the Confederacy, will soon be honored with a new monument.
An infantryman, a heavy-artillery soldier and a Navy sailor facing the Mississippi River stand shoulder-to-shoulder at 10 feet tall in Jay Warren’s designs, which the committee released to the public and put to vote during a town hall in October 2022. In opposition to the ways in which the committee believes the U.S. Colored Troops have been overlooked for so long, the statues are intended to feel larger-than-life and impossible for passersby to ignore.
It’s hard to believe that the movie Gettysburg is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year.
New to the Civil War Memory Library
Ned Blackhawk, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History (Yale University Press, 2023).
D. Scott Hartwig, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).
It’s a gorgeous day here in Boston. Otis is going to make the most of it.
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