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UNC Charlotte Professor discusses Confederate monuments at UL lecture series

Posted: 8:01 PM, Apr 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-11 21:01:18-04

A University of North Carolina at Charlotte professor of history was in Lafayette today to discuss "Confederate Monuments in the Jim Crow South."

The lecture Wednesday, part of the Guilbeau Lecture Series, was held on UL Lafayette’s campus and featured historian  Dr. Karen L. Cox. Cox explained the meaning behind the monuments that cropped up in the South after the Civil War.

"I’d hope that anybody that attended the talk would recognize that you have to understand that Confederate monuments don’t stand by themselves. They appear and they are erected in a period of time in which you have to understand the full history around it, not just the one that that group tells you it is," Cox said.

Cox is an Organization of American Historians distinguished lecturer and a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Her book, "Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture," won the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians for the Best Book in Southern Women’s History.

The University of North Carolina Press published her "Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South" in 2017.

Cox also has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Time, and has appeared on the BBC, NPR, and C-Span.