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Monuments

The aftermath of the tragedy in Charleston has triggered a lively and not always civil discussion on the action in South Carolina to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from the capitol grounds (which I agree with) has generated calls fore removal of all symbols of the Confederacy. Most of this noise is just noise in my opinion.  When some misanthrope murdered nine people under color of the Confederate Battle Flag, cries went up to destroy everything Confederate. With the Internet and cable news that’s a lot of crying.  In 1876, Native Americans defeated a U.S. Army column on the Little Bighorn River in Montana. In another reversal of the axiom that the victor writes history, the loser celebrated the event as Custer’s Last Stand and established a national cemetery with an obelisk. Brewers issued thousands of murals (largely inaccurate) depicting (celebrating?) the event.

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