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Answer The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war. Answer It is arguable as to what was the turning point of the American Civil War.

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There occasionally comes a point when the fetishization of the past encroaches on the well-being of people in the present, and even all the well-meaning learning resources and reinterpretation paradigms one can muster are wholly insufficient to justify the collective harm. To be sure, although Confederate monuments are not monolithic—despite the typical Jim Crow origin, they were erected in different places in different eras, and dedications and inscriptions do vary with regard to political intent—the overall impressions they elicit—the dominant public narrative they forward—is that of honoring the Confederacy, a government that was created explicitly to protect the institution of slavery, and of championing the Lost Cause, a cultural blueprint for whitewashing slavery, undermining Reconstruction, redeeming white southern honor, and justifying segregation and racial inequality. The academic particulars mean very little to people of color who encounter these monumental white supremacists in public places all across the South on a daily basis. With nuance a luxury of buffs and scholars, and with mass reinterpretation and counter-monumentation an impossible ideal, Confederate symbols—public symbols on taxpayer-supported public spaces—have for too long been sources of division and, for African Americans especially, sites of social and political alienation, of personal and communal trauma, and of ongoing oppression. Their removal is merely a part of—and must be a step toward—a larger social movement and political project toward racial justice.

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Even so, as someone who formerly worked in public history, in which the profession’s first instinct is often to preserve then reinterpret accordingly, my initial impulse when the monument debates reignited across the nation (for African Americans in the South they never really go away) was to combine reinterpretation and the erection of counter-monuments (to rebel slaves, abolitionists, white Unionists, African American Reconstruction leaders, common sharecroppers, civil rights participants and the like) with local autonomy. One can’t learn much from obliteration, I supposed, even though many of the monuments as they currently exist teach anywhere from factually inaccurate to morally abhorrent lessons about the past.

 

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The American Civil War lasted from 1861 through 1865 and was a turning point in the history of the United States
There are no complicated views of the Civil War. The only people who see complications in the reasons for the Civil War are people who want to romanticize that period. It was about preserving and expanding slavery. If you want to say it was about states rights the only state right that was up for debate was the right to own slaves.
Dr. Stanley gives a masterful and detail analysis about Monuments juxtaposed to memorials. Couple that with the timing of the erection of these Monuments and you have to conclude that they weren’t placed their for historical preservation. As far as books re-writing history, that’s actually the purpose for these monuments. They portend to tell a story of the heroism and honor of men who were not. By definition and function they were treasonous and traitors AND LOSERS. Since when did America erect monuments to such people?

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With that in mind, the boom eras of Confederate monument building were not during the lifetimes of most of the leaders and many of the common soldiers being etched in stone. Rather, being erected between the 1890s and the 1920s—the Nadir of American race relations—and again during the era of civil rights and white massive resistance to racial integration, they were political symbols, often explicitly so. Confederate monuments were also both part and parcel of specific social currents, and the politics and spatial reclamation that underpinned them worked hand-in-glove with white opposition to African American political rights and cultural empowerment. That the monument dedications and, often, the inscriptions themselves, are rife with Lost Cause themes speaks to this reciprocity between Confederate monuments and white power. Indeed, like all monuments, they were designed not to teach history as historians think about history, but to project social and political influence. In fact, many if not most of them might rightly be called Jim Crow monuments.


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Sheboygan, Wisconsin has a great statue of a Union Soldier high up in the sky over looking their park in the middle of their business section of town. My ancestors arrived their in the mid 1850’s.
It is such a beautiful sight. And I was so proud to know it partially represented my ancestor, who fought along side both Sherman and Grant during the American Civil War. It still makes me feel proud whenever I think of that beautiful statue.