The past few weeks have focused a lot on the monuments constructed after the war. After reading about the Heyward Shepherd monument, I did a Google search on other slave monuments. Something that struck me was this article in The New York Times from July 21, 1895. It talks about the creation of the Samuel E. White monument at Fort Mill. White “should be an inspiration to the people of the South, who should esteem it a sacred duty to build at the old Confederate capital a memorial column to the Southern negro in the war.” I think it’s also important to note that the article came from the Charleston (S.C.) News and Courier. Take a look!
Our readings and discussions this week have focused a lot on the black perspective on the Civil War. The WPA slave narratives really stood out to me and, ironically, in my historic preservation lab this week we also discussed the WPA slave narratives and their effect on how African American war experiences were altered or influenced. With that being said, the website attached to this post is a page sponsored by PBS titled: Slavery and the Making of America . (Just click the title to head to the page.) Although it covers a broad range of time, it discusses slavery and its affects in America through an interesting compilation of resources which can be significant to anyone looking into this subject. It even has a specific link pertaining to the WPA slave narratives.