Jonathan Di Carlo
The Legal Protection of Monuments to the Southern Confederacy
This research project explores the history of the legal protections of Confederate Monuments throughout the from the 1960s through the present day. This project looks at federal and state level legislation that has been either co-opted or explicitly created to protect Confederate Monuments. This project also looks at the efforts to protect Confederate Monuments at the intersection of American Conservatism and African American history.
This project is an extension of my undergraduate research thesis which was entitled: The Confederacy Still Speaks: The Legal Protection of Monuments to the Southern Confederacy from Historic Preservation to Government Speech Doctrine.
Over the summer of 2021, I will be visiting the National Archives as well as the archives of the National Parks Service which manages the National Registry for historic preservation. This page will be updated as my research progresses.
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