Defend democracy in the South.


TWISTED SOURCES: How Confederate propaganda ended up in the South's schoolbooks

Greg Huffman

Though better known these days for erecting statues to Confederate veterans during the Jim Crow era, the United Daughters of the Confederacy also promoted white supremacist Lost Cause propaganda through their campaigns to control history textbooks used in the South's public schools. That miseducation continues to haunt our politics today.

Honoring Reconstruction's legacy: The freedom to vote

Rebekah Barber Billy Corriher

In 1868, Southern states held constitutional conventions in which recently freed black men helped eliminate vestiges of the Confederacy and draft progressive blueprints for state government. While some of the provisions survived Jim Crow, conservative politicians today are chipping away at Reconstruction's radical legacy.

VOICES: 'They corrected a moral and historical wrong'

The Undergraduate Executive Branch of UNC Student Government

Responding to protesters' toppling of the "Silent Sam" Confederate monument on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus this week, the student government's undergraduate executive branch issued this powerful statement praising the action and calling for further steps to ensure that every student feels welcomed.

VOICES: Contextualizing UNC-Chapel Hill's Confederate monument in blood

Maya Little

Despite years of protests by students, the "Silent Sam" Confederate memorial still stands in a prominent place on the campus of UNC's flagship school. This week UNC history grad student Maya Little doused the statue with her own blood in an act she said was aimed at providing needed context. This is Little's statement about her protest.



Monuments to the father of gynecology honor brutality against Black women

Rebekah Barber

In the wake of white-supremacist violence in Virginia, the nation's attention has been focused on the meaning and fate of Confederate monuments. But activists with the Black Youth Project 100 are calling on us to think more broadly about our monuments and racial violence.

Plantations were prisons: Mobilizing for the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March

Angola 3 News

Law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell of Southern University discusses the connections between slavery and mass incarceration in the context of the planned Aug. 19 march in Washington, D.C. The gathering is calling for the 13th Amendment's enslavement clause to be amended to abolish legalized slavery in prisons.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The pro-slavery, anti-democratic history of the Electoral College

Sue Sturgis

Adopted to appease slaveholding states, the U.S. Electoral College has discouraged expansion of the franchise and resulted in five presidents who most voters opposed — but an alternative approach is gaining momentum in the states.

Commemorating the life of Stetson Kennedy, the Florida muckraker who helped bring down the Klan

Sue Sturgis

This Oct. 5 marks 100 years since the birth of Stetson Kennedy, the Florida writer and human rights activist who died in 2011 at the age of 94. The nonprofit foundation he launched while still alive is marking the occasion with a series of events that start this week with a biographical drama of Kennedy's life — and what a life it was.