This presentation by Dr. Sarah Bowman entitled, "Monuments and the Work of Memory: The Lost Cause in Columbus?" looked at Columbus' (Georgia) response to the Civil War, as memorialized by its Civil War monument. The monument allowed citizens to find meaning in the war and also helped them to understand how the Civil War affected their present-day lives. By explaining the meanings of the inscriptions found on the monument, Dr. Bowman argued that it served as a way to preserve the virtue of the South against what they thought was the unconstitutionality of the North.
This presentation was part of the Fall 2020 Southern Confederacy & Memorialization Virtual Speaker Series, which was hosted by the Columbus State University History and Geography Department.
This presentation by Dr. Jordan Brasher was delivered as a part of the Fall 2020 Virtual Speaker Series on "Southern Confederacy & Memorialization" in the History & Geography Department at Columbus State University. Dr. Brasher discusses the transnational uses of the embattled Confederate flag, especially where and why it flies abroad, in the context of the ongoing global struggle to come to terms with the histories and memories of slavery, indigenous dispossession, settler colonialism, and other forms of white supremacy. The presentation especially explores how the Confederate flag becomes embedded into local cultural fabrics around the world in places like Ireland, Germany, and Brazil, igniting social tensions and inflaming historic traumas.
Part of the Fall 2020 “Southern Confederacy & Memorialization Virtual Speaker Series” hosted by the Columbus State University History and Geography Department, Dr. Dan Crosswell delved into the historical background involving the controversial subject of US Army installations bearing the names of Confederate generals. Drawing both on American military and wider themes in social history, Crosswell posited—not surprisingly—the choices reflected national segregationist politics and attitudes, chiefly in the period following the Spanish American and Philippines Wars.
This poster lists the three presentations that were highlighted during the Southern Confederacy & Memorialization Fall 2020 Virtual Speaker Series, hosted by the Columbus State University's History and Geography Department.
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