Sunday, December 27, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
|Monuments should not be politicized. The South's Defenders Monument,|
Lake Charles, Louisiana (antique postcard, M.D. Jones collection)
Monuments Followup Editorial
Here is an editorial that ran in the Lake Charles American Press today, Dec. 23, as a followup of the New Orleans monuments vote. It concludes a Louisiana monuments protection act is needed to protect these historic treasures from political opportunism.
Monuments shouldn't be politicizedThe New Orleans City Council recently voted to approve an ordinance to declare four of Louisiana's most historic and artistically significant monuments, as "public nuisances."
This action can lead to the removal, in effect the junking, of these four priceless treasures of Louisiana history - the Robert E. Lee Monument in Lee Circle, the General Beauregard Monument, both on the National Register of Historic Places, the Jefferson Davis Monument, nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, and the Liberty Place Monument.
In addition, Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants a commission to decide on which of New Orleans' many other historic monuments, street names and plaques that should be junked or the names changed, in a further exercise in intolerant and radical political correctness.
Fortunately, several groups of historically-minded citizens who respect and want to save all of New Orleans' very diverse cultural heritage have filed a federal law suit to stop this unfortunate exercise in political correctness. The plaintiffs are the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, the Monumental Task Committee Inc. and Beauregard Camp No. 130, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Named as defendants are Landrieu and the federal Department of Transportation and various officials.
The city has agreed to not to remove the monuments before a Jan. 14 hearing before Judge Carl Barbier in Federal District Court in New Orleans.
There are 13 points of contention in the 51 page suit, ranging from ownership of the property on which the monuments stand, questions of federal law concerning veterans monuments and National Register listed property, the property interests of other parties, and federal responsibilities regarding the street car line and the monuments connection to it, among others.
The suit also contends that the monuments do not fit the city's definition of a "nuisance."
Landrieu's state desire for a commission to look at other monuments, plaques and street names could signal a continuing "slippery slope" that will cause even more division and contention.
The council would not consider a compromise proposal from the only council member to vote against the ordinance, Stacy Head.
A recent poll showed that 64 percent of the population is against removing the monuments, and 68 percent of the entire state are against it. New Orleans has a rich and proud historical and cultural legacy that impacts the whole state. It is the tourism anchor of Louisiana. Tourism is one of the state's largest industries and historical tourism is a big part of it.
Besides, New Orleans is a political sub-division of the state government and gets plenty money from the general treasury for infrastructure and other needs.
It should be obvious now that the state legislature needs to consider a monuments protection act to protect Louisiana's history, heritage and culture, from this kind of destructive, divisive political opportunism.
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Monday, December 21, 2015
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|A Louisiana Tiger Zouave waving a Louisiana|
Republic flag, adopted by the state after its
secession and before joining the Confederacy.
(M.D. Jones collection)
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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
LAWSUITS & SLIPPERY SLOPES: Here’s What’s Happening Post-New Orleans Monument Removal
Robert E. Lee
(Antique postcard, M.D. Jones collection)
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Thursday, December 17, 2015
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|Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, post-war|
(Library of Congress)
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
FROM TODAY'S LAKE CHARLES AMERICAN PRESS
|(Antique postcard; M.D. Jones Collection)|
Editorial: Page 4
Study and learn from history
Learning from our past is one of the most important reasons for the study of history. The more we learn, the better equipped we are not to repeat the mistakes of history.
But when history gets politicized by modern day politicians, it can become unnecessarily divisive and even dangerous.
That's what appears to be happening in New Orleans, where Mayor Mitch Landrieu seems determined to tear down four of Louisiana's and New Orleans' most historically and artistically significant monuments, including two which are on the National Register of Historic Places. The four are the Robert E. Lee Monument, the Pierre G.T. Beauregard Monument, the Jefferson Davis Monument and the Liberty Place Monument.
The City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance declaring the monuments a "public nuisance" Thursday, Dec. 17, so they can be torn down. There have been public hearings, which have been very emotional and divisive in a city that desperately needs to be unified around its real problems, such as crime, urban renewal, infrastructure improvement, economic development, financial and educational issues.
But citizens shouting at each other in public hearings is no gauge of what the people of New Orleans really want. If Landrieu and the council are determined to push this very divisive issue, regardless of the negative consequences, they should at tomorrow's meeting pass a substitute motion to at least give the people people of New Orleans a vote on it.
Recent public polls have shown both the people of Louisiana and those in New Orleans are overwhelmingly against tearing down these historic monuments. The poll found that 68 percent of Louisianians are against tearing down the monuments. In addition, 64 percent of the people of New Orleans responded they are also against the mayor's proposal.
The division created by this political attack on four historic monuments, which are also among the finest outdoor sculptures in Louisiana, and which bring in tourism dollars into the city and state, has already resulted in vandalism on them and other historic monuments in New Orleans.
This is no way for a great, world-class city to treat its own very rich and diverse history and heritage. All historical persons and points of view should be studied in the context of their own times. Those monuments are another teaching tool from which everyone can learn. Tearing them down will only hurt New Orleans and stir needless ongoing controversy and and division.
The people of New Orleans are not to blame for this unnecessary controversy. The people of New Orleans want their history and heritage preserved. It will be a shame if their own local politicians don't listen to them. The mayor and city council should give the people a vote.
We all need to learn from our mutual history and heritage, not tear it down.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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|Robert E. Lee, seated, is seen here in an immediate post-war|
picture with his son, left, Gen. Custis Lee, and his aide, Col.
Walter Taylor. (Library of Congress)
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Sunday, December 13, 2015
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Friday, December 11, 2015
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Antique postcard of Robert E. Lee Monument
Lee Circle, New Orleans, La.
(M.D. Jones Collection)
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
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|Second National Confederate Flag|
(Library of Congress)
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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Sunday, December 6, 2015
The Army of Western Louisiana under command of Confederate General Richard Taylor, although vastly out-numbered, used Fabian tactics to smartly defeat the Federals at Stirling’s Plantation and at Bayou Bourbeau. They also aggressively skirmished with and harassed the invaders until they gave up and returned to their New Orleans base. There is also a chapter on the Rio Grande Expedition in Texas, which was a direct result of the failure of the campaign in South Louisiana.
The book, The Battles of Stirling’s Plantation and Bayou Bourbeau, 134 pages with photos, maps, index and bibliography, is available for $12.95 on Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com
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Friday, December 4, 2015
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