Statues and monuments

The AHA would like to share this post from the Organization of American Historiansl:

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) Endorses AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments

The OAH Executive Committee has endorsed the [American Historical Association] AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments. We would especially like to emphasize that:

“To remove a monument, or to change the name of a school or street, is not to erase history, but rather to alter or call attention to a previous interpretation of history,” and

“To remove such monuments is neither to ‘change’ history nor ‘erase’ it.  What changes with such removals is what American communities decide is worthy of civic honor.”

We are grateful for the many OAH members who have spoken on this issue.

Australian Historical Association member Frank Bongiorno has written an insightful piece on the issue in the Australian context, titled ‘The Statue Wars’.