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Author Hartley, Roger C., author.

Title Monumental harm : reckoning with Jim Crow era Confederate monuments / Roger C. Hartley.

Publication Info. Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2021]

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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Professor of Law at Catholic University Roger C. Hartley provides a thorough overview of the issue of Confederate monuments and their problematic presence on the American landscape. He examines and dissects competing claims regarding the removal of these monuments from public spaces ... mov[ing] readers through various debates on the subject ...with the compelling logic of a legal scholar ... methodically build[ing] the case that 'Confederate monuments harm contemporary American society by perpetuating antiblack racial stereotyping and systemic racism.' This harm, he continues, 'overrides even good faith claims to leave Confederate monuments undisturbed in order to preserve Southern heritage.' In the course of building this case for material harm, Hartley nonetheless offers his own good faith discussions of competing arguments for retaining Confederate monuments in situ. While these include 'heritage' claims, they also include those sometimes heard from historians and historic preservationists regarding the significance of monuments as teaching tools and the dangers of 'sanitizing' the historical landscape. While Hartley's argument ultimately makes a compelling case for removal/relocation as the optimal choice, he does not dismiss the alternative arguments. Instead, he deconstructs each and examines them for potential flaws in a way that will force readers to examine their own beliefs"--Provided by publisher.
Contents I. Act or Leave the Monuments Undisturbed? -- 1. History and Memory Distinguished -- 2. The Distortion-of-History Approach: The Cult of the Lost Cause -- 3. The Warping-of-History Approach: The Rise of Monument Mania -- 4. The Racial-Reckoning Approach: The Stereotyping and Erasure Functions of Confederate Monuments -- 5. Confederate Monuments and Contemporary Institutional Racism -- II. The Disposition: Destroy, Contextualize, or Relocate the Confederate Monument? -- 6. The Case Against Monument Destruction -- 7. The Trouble with Contextualization -- 8. Relocation and Its Critics -- III. Who Decides? -- 9. The Legal Framework Protecting Confederate Monuments -- Conclusion -- Cases Cited -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
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Subject Soldiers' monuments -- Social aspects -- Southern States.
Collective memory -- Social aspects -- Southern States.
Racism -- Southern States.
African Americans -- Southern States -- Social conditions.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Monuments -- Social aspects -- Southern States.
Southern States -- Race relations.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
Race relations.
Southern States.
United States.
American Civil War (United States : 1861-1865)
Chronological Term 1861-1865
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Hartley, Roger C.. Monumental harm Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, 2021. 9781643361680 (DLC) 2020041062
ISBN 9781643361703 electronic book
1643361708 electronic book
9781643361680 hardcover
9781643361697 paperback