Join Karen L. Cox in conversation on her book No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice. The virtual talk will be held Thursday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
In partnership with UNC Press, facilitators include Dr. Willie J. Griffin, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, and Emily Gunzburger Makas, associate professor of architectural and urban history in the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte. Cox is an award-winning historian, Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and professor of history at the UNC Charlotte.
In this eye-opening narrative of the efforts to raise, preserve, protest, and remove Confederate monuments, Cox depicts what these statues meant to those who erected them and how a movement arose to force a reckoning. She lucidly shows the forces that drove white southerners to construct beacons of white supremacy, as well as the ways that antimonument sentiment, largely stifled during the Jim Crow era, returned with the civil rights movement and gathered momentum in the decades after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Monument defenders responded with gerrymandering and “heritage” laws intended to block efforts to remove these statues, but hard as they worked to preserve the Lost Cause vision of southern history, civil rights activists, Black elected officials, and movements of ordinary people fought harder to take the story back. Timely, accessible, and essential, No Common Ground is the story of the seemingly invincible stone sentinels that are just beginning to fall from their pedestals.