Past Is Prologue

A Historian Explains Why Confederate Statues Should Come Down

History studies the evolution of landscapes. Freezing them in time helps no one.

Photo illustration: Eric Johnson; Image sources: Library of Congress/Will Fisher/Creative Commons

A couple of folks have recently asked me how, as a historian (I’m a librarian now, not a historian, but I have a master’s in U.S. history), I could be so very supportive of