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Monumental Questions: Race, Memory, and the Current Struggle
Over Confederate Memorials


Presented by James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University

Thank you for attending! As people across the United States confront the nation's legacy of slavery and systemic racism, monuments and memorials honoring the Confederacy have become political flashpoints, with some people demanding their removal as toxic symbols of white supremacy and others warning of an attempt to erase history and heritage. In this free webinar, Stanford historian James Campbell examined the ongoing struggle over the nation's memorial landscape, reconstructing the historical context in which Confederate monuments were created as well as the process by which they have become proxies for debates about race and citizenship today.

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Suggested readings (provided by Professor Campbell):

  • Kirk Savage, Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America
  • Kirk Savage, Monument Wars: Washington D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape
  • David Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
  • James Young, The Texture of Memory: Historical Memory and Meaning

About the speaker: 

James T. Campbell is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University, where he teaches courses in American, African American, and South African history. His publications include Songs of Zion: The AME Church in the United States and South Africa; Race, Nation, and Empire in American History; Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005; and Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies. He is currently completing a book on the Mississippi Civil Rights movement in history and memory. A committed public historian, Campbell has served as an historical consultant for numerous school curricula, documentary films, and museum exhibitions, including the “Power of Place” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.