The New Yorker: The Battle Over Confederate Monuments in New Orleans


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From the opening paragraph:

The adage holds that history is written by the victors, but, as the masked, bulletproof-vested municipal workers who assembled in New Orleans at three o’clock in the morning on Confederate Memorial Day might attest, the most indelible version of the American past was authored by those who lost the Civil War. The workers were there to remove an obelisk dedicated to the Crescent City White League and the Battle of Liberty Place, in 1874. Clashes over American history are typically fought with duelling sets of footnotes and the subjective shade of historiographic essays. This one, which involved death threats issued to the mayor and the contractors bidding on the project, risked being fought using tools with considerably higher stopping power.
 

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Cobb observes:

If the history of the Civil War and its causes remains strikingly unfamiliar to certain Americans, the story of Reconstruction is virtually an enigma. This is not an accident. The story of Reconstruction is that of interracial government and white terrorism that brought it to an end. It sits awkwardly in the narrative of an America defined by continual progress and the inevitable triumph of good over evil. The Civil War is the central axis of American history, cleaving the past between that of a fledgling union and that of a scarred but mature nation that understood the notion of tragedy.
 

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From the opening paragraph:

The adage holds that history is written by the victors, but, as the masked, bulletproof-vested municipal workers who assembled in New Orleans at three o’clock in the morning on Confederate Memorial Day might attest, the most indelible version of the American past was authored by those who lost the Civil War. The workers were there to remove an obelisk dedicated to the Crescent City White League and the Battle of Liberty Place, in 1874. Clashes over American history are typically fought with duelling sets of footnotes and the subjective shade of historiographic essays. This one, which involved death threats issued to the mayor and the contractors bidding on the project, risked being fought using tools with considerably higher stopping power.
Death threats so "serious" that the FBI declined to investigate them.
 
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Death threats so "serious" that the FBI declined to investigate them.
That doesn't mean that they were not taken seriously and investigated by local and state agencies. We already saw Cletus claim that if he had his gun with him that he would have shot a girl for breaking through the statue defender's line and running off with a flag.
 

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  • Jelani Cobb has an article in The New Yorker on the removal of the New Orleans monuments to Confederate and White Redeemer memory.
http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-battle-over-confederate-monuments-in-new-orleans
Of interest.
Yet the denial of slavery’s role allowed for the South’s actors and their motives to be thought of as “complex.” This became the first line of defense for their apologists. Still, no such complexity, manufactured or otherwise, extends to the Crescent City White League. In September, 1874, the group revolted against the interracial Reconstruction government of Louisiana, killing eleven police officers in what came to be known as the Battle of Liberty Place. In 1932, a plaque was added to the base of the monument recognizing the revolt explicitly as a noble act in support of what it unabashedly called “white supremacy,” referring to Reconstructionist officials as “usurpers.”
 
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That doesn't mean that they were not taken seriously and investigated by local and state agencies. We already saw Cletus claim that if he had his gun with him that he would have shot a girl for breaking through the statue defender's line and running off with a flag.
Also 19th - stay on topic if you want to be taken seriously.
 



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