Much of the citizenry of the States and the South is urging removing commemorations of the South during the Civil War. Athens is removing the memorial on Broad. Many people have noted that the majority of these commemoratives were not put in place at the end of the war but later, in response to a resurgence of white supremacy.
I am from the North. The commemorative plaque at UGA, with its reference to the “War Between the States,” was surprising to me. When was that plaque erected? What was the context? Should it be rewritten or amended to refer to the war as a civil war that was not about states rights, but about the continuation and perpetuation of slavery?
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