Conflicting commemorations: past and present in confederate memorialization

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Abstract

How do collective memory and memorialization work in divided societies? This essay takes present-day conflicts over Civil War memorialization as an opportunity to explore linkages between historical interpretations of the causes of the Civil War, attitudes toward Confederate memorials (and their removal), and modern political identities. It provides three cases of collective memorialization in one community–the college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina–to shed light on physical commemoration and its possibility to invite discussion of the American racial history and the history of slavery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-403
Number of pages7
JournalManagement and Organizational History
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Keywords

  • American race relations
  • U.S. Civil War
  • U.S. South
  • collective memory
  • confederate memorials
  • political identity

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