University: Robert E. Lee Statue Near Entrance Of Duke Chapel Vandalized

University: Robert E. Lee Statue Near Entrance Of Duke Chapel Vandalized

University: Robert E. Lee Statue Near Entrance Of Duke Chapel Vandalized

As debates continue over the removal of Confederate statues in United States cities, reports have pointed out that even one of the Confederacy's most revered fighters rejected them.

Last week in Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacists descended onto the city to protest against the city's plan to remove Confederate statues, namely pro-slavery Confederate General Robert E. Lee's statue.

To be sure, there are good reasons to take down the monuments, which many see as symbols of white supremacy.

Unlike war memorials or war graves, confederate statues were not erected as monuments of remembrance, explained Dr Adam Smith. For example, overlooking Washington, D.C., from the Virginia side of the Potomac River and right in the middle of Arlington National Cemetery sits Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial.

"The United States has never as a nation come to terms with the meaning of slavery and the Civil War, and that is a fundamental problem".

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Only the base of the Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson remained on Wednesday morning. Stuart and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Local officials recently voted to change the name of J.E.B.

The courthouse square contains a granite obelisk honoring Confederate soldiers - one of nine war monuments that stretch from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She'd like to see them confined to existing Civil War battleground sites. A historian is weighing in on where cities can draw the line between respecting civil rights and erasing the past.

"Our Civil War history is important, but it belongs in textbooks and museums - not a place of allegiance on our Capitol grounds", Cooper said. "They won the battle over the peace".

The civil war involved 11 southern states that seceded from the Union, and most Confederate monuments are located in southern states.

In turn, Confederate soldiers were portrayed as heroes for fighting with honor and courage in the face of overwhelming numbers on the battlefield - ideals that all Americans admire and respect. He said Virginia and the country need an immediate course correction. "It was a mainstream historical memory for at least the first half century after the war". "So for him to have this kind of conflict over his statue, we would say take it down tonight because that's not what we're about and we don't believe that's what he's about at all". Only the most valuable and historically significant monuments, she argues, should be kept. Another statue of Lee was at the heart of a violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly a week ago.

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The same goes for those Confederate troops who died in the honest desire to defend their country and not in the name of slavery.

Reconstruction in the immediate post-war years helped galvanize the Lost Cause movement because it was seen by southerners as an attempt by the north to destroy their way of life. Among those paying his bail were prominent northerners, including abolitionist Horace Greeley. Earlier this week, plaques honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee were removed from the property of a now-closed Brooklyn church.

"They weren't monuments put up by a grieving generation who had just fought a horrific, four-year struggle", said Smith.

The president's sadness comes after cities such as Baltimore have officially removed their CSA statues, and after activist Takiyah Thompson took matters into her own hands by removing a statue herself, for which she was arrested. Soon after, in North Carolina's Durham, protesters also pulled down a statue dedicated to Confederate soldiers, followed by Baltimore's decision to tear down its own Confederate monuments nearly overnight this week.

A demonstrator holds signs during a rally in response to the Charlottesville, Virginia auto attack on counter-protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organized by white nationalists, in Oakland, California, U.S., August 12, 2017. "Burning books written by those who used to own slaves?"

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