The tragic mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17 opened a national dialogue about race relations, justice, and the legacy of slavery. Much of the debate centers on the symbolism of the Confederate flag. Is it possible to recognize, and separate, the historical significance of the Confederate from our continuing struggles with racial equality?
As a historian of the Confederacy and the Civil War era, Dr. David Williard considers these questions in his research and teaching. His eloquent analysis of teaching the Confederacy and the social construction of racism appears in Inside Higher Education.