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Confederacy



  • Keri Leigh Merritt on the New Lost Cause

    Independent historian Keri Leigh Merritt talks with FAIR's CounterSpin about the problem with the media calling the January 6 Capitol riots "unprecedented." 



  • Reconstruction Offers No Easy Answers for How to Handle the Trump Insurgency

    by Rebecca Onion

    It's tricky to draw any definitive lessons about how to deal with the Capitol insurgents from Reconstruction, particularly since many facile "lessons from history" make counterfactual assumptions. Historian Cynthia Nicoletti discusses the complex imperatives of justice, punishment, reconciliation, and national reunification that contributed to the course of Reconstruction.



  • Five Myths about the Lost Cause

    by Karen L. Cox

    At this time, it's worth examining the particular tenets of the Confederate Lost Cause mythology because of how pervasive they remain and because they may be a template for narratives of resentment and betrayal that are developing now.



  • Impeachment May Not Work. Here’s the Next Best Way to Dump Trump

    by Eric Foner

    The 14th Amendment empowers Congress to bar persons involved in insurrection against the United States from holding office. This can't remove Trump, but it can stop him (and anyone found to have plotted the Capitol rioting) from returning to office. 



  • A Confederate Flag at the Capitol Summons America's Demons

    by Rhae Lynn Barnes and Keri Leigh Merritt

    The presence of Confederate iconography in the Capitol building riots is no coincidence; Trumpers are following the playbook of the slaveocracy in crafting a Lost Cause narrative of grievance and betrayal. 



  • Ted DeLaney, Conscience of a Roiled University, Dies at 77

    Ted DeLaney worked as a custodian at Washington and Lee before graduating at age 41,  returned as a professor, became the school's first Black department chair, and pushed the school to confront the moral and ethical implications of venerating Robert E. Lee. 



  • What Was the Dixie Highway, Anyway?

    Historian Tammy Ingram discusses the Dixie Highway, about which she wrote the book, as a rare project of early 20th-century highway building and tourism development that was completed.