The Confederate Monument at Monument Place and Third Street in Louisville, Ky., is seen, 1930. AP Photo

The Racial Message Of Public Monuments

Cities across America are struggling with what to do with their monuments to Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and other leaders of the Confederacy. University of Pittsburgh historian Kirk Savage joins us to talk about that question – and about how these markers came to dominate public spaces. His new book is called “Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America” (Princeton University Press).