Confederate monuments are being linked to rise of Jim Crow in early 1900’s and resistance to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950‘s-1960’s. The truth of the matter, however, is the earliest monuments were erected immediately after Reconstruction ended in 1877 and Union occupation forces were withdrawn from Southern States; by wives, widows, and daughters of Confederate veterans. The money was raised at tea parties, bazaars, and book sales. Economic conditions did not allow for construction of many monuments until the early 1900’s. Monuments erected at beginning of Civil Rights Movement coincided with Civil War Centennial (1959-1965) and 100th anniversary of adoption of 13th Amendment.
Those who believe monuments should be removed need to have a better understanding of the history of bondage in America and why these monuments are inscribed with words that speak of honor and the cause they fought for was considered in defense of freedom and resisting tyranny.
Bondage of one person by another goes as far back as Babylon in the 18th century BC. The word slavery derives from 10th century AD German expansion eastward to Slavic areas. So many Slavs were captured the generic name became slave. [Read more…]