Yesterday you read an article about the violence in Charlottesville, VA. One of the sparks for the protests was the proposed removal of a stature of a confederate soldier. There are lots of opinions on what to do with old memorials especially those memorials which heroically depict men who fought for the Confederate States of America (CSA). A quick google search will give you more than you ever wanted to know on the opinions people have for an against such removals. A good example is the statue of Nathan Bedford Forest. Read a little about him here and then listen to this short piece of audio about his statue and the reasons why it was put up.
For homework answer these questions and be prepared to discuss them tomorrow. The last is based (in part) on the audio piece, the others will require further research and thought.
- What is the argument of people who are for the removal of confederate monuments?
- What is the argument of people who are against the removal of confederate monuments?
- What are your thoughts on this topic?
- What does Nate DiMeo mean when he says “…monuments are not memories…they have motives. They are historical. They are not history itself.”
You can write out your answers to these questions or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .