The tragic shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last June precipitated a national outcry against the Confederate flag. State leaders in Alabama and South Carolina removed it from capitol grounds. Walmart and other retailers discontinued merchandise bearing the flag. Meanwhile, the controversy expanded to include Confederate monuments and statues.
Americans’ fury, on both sides of the matter, shows that they care deeply about how symbols of the past are interpreted. What possibilities and challenges does this create for the field? How might we take this moment to help others understand the complexity and relevance of the past?
Join AASLH’s Bob Beatty as he moderates a discussion with author and public historian Kevin Levin, Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center, and Dina Bailey of the Center for Civil and Human Rights to learn how the field of state and local history can respond.
This webinar is the first in AASLH’s new Hot Topics Series and is free for AASLH members. The world around us is changing at a rapid pace. How can history organizations react and respond to those changes? What is the historian’s role when issues arise such as the debate over Confederate iconography or Ferguson? This series grapples with current event topics and explores how history organizations can contribute to the greater conversation.
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