No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

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UNC Press Books, Feb 23, 2021 - History - 224 pages
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When it comes to Confederate monuments, there is no common ground. Polarizing debates over their meaning have intensified into legislative maneuvering to preserve the statues, legal battles to remove them, and rowdy crowds taking matters into their own hands. These conflicts have raged for well over a century--but they've never been as intense as they are today.

In this eye-opening narrative of the efforts to raise, preserve, protest, and remove Confederate monuments, Karen L. Cox depicts what these statues meant to those who erected them and how a movement arose to force a reckoning. She lucidly shows the forces that drove white southerners to construct beacons of white supremacy, as well as the ways that antimonument sentiment, largely stifled during the Jim Crow era, returned with the civil rights movement and gathered momentum in the decades after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Monument defenders responded with gerrymandering and "heritage" laws intended to block efforts to remove these statues, but hard as they worked to preserve the Lost Cause vision of southern history, civil rights activists, Black elected officials, and movements of ordinary people fought harder to take the story back. Timely, accessible, and essential, No Common Ground is the story of the seemingly invincible stone sentinels that are just beginning to fall from their pedestals.

 

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In her superb contribution to the history of the South, Cox (Dixie's Daughters) targets the massive influence of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) on Southerners in the late 1890s and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Rewriting History in Stone
13
2 From Bereavement to Vindication
27
3 Confederate Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights
57
4 Monuments and the Battle for FirstClass Citizenship
91
5 Debating Removal in a Changing Political Landscape
121
6 Charleston Charlottesville and Continued Challenges to Removal
149
Epilogue
169
Acknowledgments
175
Notes
179
Bibliography
195
Index
201
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Karen L. Cox is professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her other books include Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture and Dixie's Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture.

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