‘The Lees Are Complex’: Descendants Grapple With Rebel General’s Legacy

By SIMON ROMERO August 22, 2017 Few American families are as deeply embedded in the nation’s history as the Lees of Virginia. Members of the clan signed the Declaration of Independence, served the new nation as judges and generals, lawmakers and...

University of Texas at Austin Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

The university’s president said that violent protests over a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., had opened his eyes to what the monuments represented.

Critic’s Notebook: We Need to Move, Not Destroy, Confederate Monuments

The art historian in a critic wants to preserve Confederate images in museums, not trash them. At a crime scene, you don’t destroy evidence.

Topple a Confederate Statue? This Broadway Musical Already Did.

Tony Kushner’s “Caroline, or Change,” from 2004, used the toppling to shed light on a key character’s frustrations. The subplot resonates powerfully today.

In Monument Debate, Calls for an Overdue Reckoning on Race and Southern Identity

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD FAUSSET August 18, 2017 EUFAULA, Ala. — The facts of Southern history, according to Brad Griffin, are beyond dispute. “It was a slave society,” he said. “They had white...

Right and Left on Removal of Confederate Statues

Writers from across the political spectrum consider the debate over whether statues of Confederate heroes should be torn down.