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[Undated - 1866]: All I think that can now be done, is to aid our noble & generous women in their efforts to protect the graves & mark the last resting places of those who have fallen, & wait for better times.

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August 15: What Trump gets wrong about Confederate statues

Confederate monuments are and always have been monuments to white supremacy.

August 16: The first spike [in erection of Civil War monuments] is around 1900. That's 35 years after the end of the Civil War.

August 16: 'Changing history'? No – 32 Confederate monuments dedicated in past 17 years

Trump complains that efforts to take down Confederate memorials amount to altering the past, but numerous examples made their mark in recent decades

In 1994, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) led an effort to ban Confederate flags from South Carolina, including one that flew over the state house. In 2000, 50,000 people turned out to protest the state house flag. It finally came down in June 2015 after the killing of nine black people in a church in Charleston.

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Trump has been criticized by fellow Republicans, business leaders, military generals and a multitude of Americans for endorsing and spreading the explanation of white supremacists that a rally last Friday in Charlottesville was to defend the statue. The rally became a showcase for Nazi ideology and racist ideology – and then the scene of a murderous attack and a latter-day tragedy.

August 17: ... the push to take down Confederate monuments received unexpected support from descendants of Jackson. Writing to Richmond, Va., Mayor Levar Stoney, a longtime critic of his city’s Confederate statues, two great-great-grandsons of Jackson called the monuments “overt symbols of racism and white supremacy” that should have been taken down long ago.

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August 17: Trump Defends 'Beauty' Of Confederate Memorials

President Trump stood by his heavily criticized defense of monuments commemorating the Confederacy in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Trump said removing the statues of Confederate generals meant removing "beauty" — that would "never able to be comparably replaced" — from American cities. As he did in a Tuesday press conference, he also attempted to equate some Confederate generals with some of the Founding Fathers.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has sometimes been a critic of the president, said in a series of tweets Thursday that Trump needs to act in a manner that doesn't garner praise from racist and hate-filled groups.

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August 17: Showing his characteristic refusal to back down in the face of criticism, President Trump deepened his defense of Confederate war memorials Thursday, sending out a series of messages on Twitter that adopted the language and arguments of white nationalists who have opposed their removal.

Monuments to leaders of the Confederacy were erected across the South, and in some other parts of the country, mostly starting in the early years of the 20th century, as whites fought to prevent black citizens from voting and increased the strictures of segregation that barred blacks from schools, hotels, restaurants and white sections of trains and other public accommodations.

August 17: The placement of the statues and monuments in public squares coincided with the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the murder of thousands of blacks by lynch mobs in the early decades of the last century.

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To blacks, and many white Southerners, the statues have long been a symbol of racial oppression. In recent years, the movement to take them down and, in some cases, put them in museums instead of public parks, has gained strength in many Southern cities.

August 17: ... Robert E. Lee was against erecting Confederate memorials ... In [an] 1866 letter to fellow Confederate Gen. Thomas L. Rosser, Lee wrote, "As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated, my conviction is, that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt ... would have the effect of ... continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour."

August 22:
How Donald Trump learned to love Confederate monuments

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The pretext for the far-right groups’ demonstration was a proposal to remove a bronze statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy’s top general during America’s Civil War, from a park in Charlottesville.

Mr Trump’s establishment-minded advisors, already concerned that the president was branding Republicans as the party of intolerance, grimaced at the messages [from Trump]. After all, Lee and his ilk were indisputably traitors to America: they launched an armed rebellion against the United States government that left roughly 750,000 people dead. Moreover, the resounding consensus among historians is that the Confederacy’s primary motivation for secession was to forestall the possibility that the federal government might try to stop them from enslaving African-Americans. And arguments that Confederate monuments merely honour Southern “heritage” and fallen soldiers’ bravery are ahistorical at best.

August 30:
Confederate Monuments Are Propaganda — Not History

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