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Friday, March 23, 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT
Dr. Matthew Warshauer
Civil War monuments, both Union and Confederate, exist throughout the United States. More than 150 are in Connecticut. These monuments, many of them memorials to death, also tell the story of past generations. In many ways, these Civil War relics are messages to the future. Today, there is great consternation over Confederate monuments and their representation of a glorified white history that champions racism. Many have been taken down and others will be. Is this the correct decision to deal with a history that we don’t like? How much does the debate have to do with contemporary politics, in particular Donald Trump and the Alt Right? Is there a way to address the concerns of those who are offended by what the monuments represent without destroying a history that all Americans should know? These are among the many questions we’ll explore with Dr. Matthew Warshauer when he presents “Monumental History: The Union, the Confederacy, and the Destruction of American History.
12:00-1:00 Socializing (includes a light lunch)
1:00 - 2:00 Presentation
2:00 - 2:30 Questions/Wrap Up
Dr. Matthew Warshauer is a professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and served for six years at the co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, which was responsible for the state’s many activities remembering the nation’s greatest trial. Warshauer is a widely recognized and sought after lecturer in the field of American political and constitutional history, and is the author of four books. Two on Andrew Jackson and two on Connecticut and the Civil War.