Excerpt of Adam Goodheart’s keynote address at the 2011 AASLH Meeting.

Goodheart identifies Fort Sumter and Fort Monroe as significant places of memory for the American people.

He first equates the attack on Fort Sumner in 1861 to the present day September 11th attacks as an event that struck Americans across the nation.

Goodheart later discusses Fort Monroe and the role it played in slavery industry.

He says that while it was the beginning of slavery in America, it was also the place of its end; which certainly makes it a significant place of remembering.