You Won’t Believe What the Government Spends on Confederate Graves

KeylorThe Atlantic
William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences

On June 19, an array of top government officials gathered for the unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass, the 19th-century African-American man born a slave who rose to be a vice-presidential candidate…

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“By the end of the century, particularly after the Spanish-American War, there’s this new mode of American nationalism and patriotism and there’s this emphasis on reunion and reconciliation, and that’s good news for the whites in the South, but bad news for blacks in the South. The Ku Klux Klan reaches its height [around 1877] and then it [starts to] decline about that point, really because it’s no longer needed, because the local governments have just effectively disenfranchised African-Americans.”

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