Anne Boyd

Civil War history and memory, Confederate monuments/monument studies, and material culture studies

  • Title Civil War history and memory, Confederate monuments/monument studies, and material culture studies
  • Education BA in Political Science and American Culture, University of Michigan

Anne is interested in Civil War memory after World War II through the present day, particularly in states that were not part of the Confederacy.┬áHer research explores how monuments, as blunt instruments within a larger cultural infrastructure, have played a critical role in shaping the ways in which people have understood what Civil War was, long after the first monument boom (1890-1920). Anne worked closely with Kristin Hass at the University of Michigan to complete her undergraduate thesis, “Jim Crow’s Confederate Monuments: How the United Daughters of the Confederacy Fought the Civil Rights Movement with Confederate Monuments,” which explored monuments built in the 1960s outside of the South. Her current projects examine Confederate monuments built after 9/11 and the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned a BA in Political Science and American Culture from the University of Michigan in 2020.

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