Friday, June 29, 2018

Why the South Erected Confederate Statues


The diagram below graphs the number of Confederate statues erected between 1870 and 1980. Since the $outhern Poverty Law Center ($PLC) compiled the data, they suggest the memorials were most frequently put in place during periods of flagrant anti-black sentiment in the South. In short they imply that racism was the prime motive for Confederate monument-building. In truth, however, more compelling reasons are as obvious as cow patties on a snow bank to the thinking person.

The two most notable peaks were 1900-to-1915 and 1957-to-1965.

The SPLC implies that the first wave was due to “lynchings, ‘Lost Cause Mythology,’ and  a resurgent KKK.” Facts, however, don’t support their conclusion. First, the KKK’s resurgence was in the 1920s, which was at least five-to-ten years after the first peak had already past. Moreover, the state with the most KKK members during the 1920s was Indiana, a Northern state. Second, the number of lynchings were steadily dropping during the 1900-to-1915 period. Third, “Lost Cause Mythology” was a strong influence until at least 1950 and by no means concentrated in the 1900-to-1915 period.


  1. Civil war monuments were universally created by private funds donated to clubs that had a personal interest in the units, people, or battles being commemmorated. Morons who grew up near them think they are government statues because they are in a park or public street. But ususlly, even those parks were donated private property for the express purpose of hosting those monuments. Other than their hatred, modern people don't have a dog in that fight. The monuments were created by other people at their own expense. The same is true of the wave of ww2 monuments being created now. People with a personal connection are paying for them.


  2. The folks at Abbeville are wonderful.

    1. Excellent material and their summer school is coming up.