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Dec 8, 2018

Monumental Lies

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The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the Confederacy didn’t completely die with it. Monuments, shrines and museums are found throughout the South. We teamed up with The Investigative Fund to visit dozens of them and found that for devoted followers they inspire a disturbing – and distorted – view of history: Confederate generals as heroes. Slaves who were happy to work for them. That twisted history is also shared with schoolchildren on class trips. And you won’t believe who’s funding these site to keep them running.

Plus, the story of New Mexico’s great monument controversy. In 1998, the state was set to celebrate its “cuartocentenario:” the 400th anniversary of the state’s colonization by the Spanish. But a dramatic act of vandalism would turn the making of a monument in Albuquerque into a fight over history the city didn’t expect.

Read: The Costs of the Confederacy, which was also featured in the Smithsonian magazine

Credits

The story on Confederate monuments is a collaboration with The Investigative Fund.

Produced by Fernanda Camarena. Edited by Kevin Sullivan.

Reported by Brian Palmer and Seth Freed Wessler with editor Esther Kaplan and research assistance from Jasper Craven, Erin Hollaway Palmer, Richard Salame of The Investigative Fund.

The story on the Oñate statue was reported and produced by Stan Alcorn. Edited by Jen Chien.

Support for Reveal is provided by the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The John S. And James L. Knight Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.