Civil War Era Studies
The African-American Civil War Memorial has been a favorite site of mine in DC (and not simply because it's just down the block from the District's best restaurant, Ben's Chili Bowl). It is a monument in the right setting. Instead of being on the mall with the rest of the other monuments, to be easily overlooked like the DC World War I memorial or similar sidelights to the big three of Lincoln, Washington and Vietnam, the African American Civil War Memorial is in a community that can be moved by it. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "Locks and Cash: Whose Black History? (Part 1)" (2011). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 195.