I’m Jim Grossman, a historian of U.S. history and specifically the Confederate monuments — AMA!
Hi I’m Jim Grossman and I’m a historian. I’ve written extensively on American history, African American history, ethnicity, and the place of history in public culture, with a specific focus on Confederate monuments. I'm also the Executive Director of the American Historical Association, which has been advocating for historical perspective in debates about Confederate monuments. You can view our collection of resources related to the violence that took place in Charlottesville last August here
I’m excited to be on Reddit and have a conversation with everyone about what you think should be done with the Confederate monuments, the history behind them, and telling this story on TV. You can watch the first episode of America Inside Out with Katie Couric (where they talk about the debate surrounding the monuments) for free here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5STMVSQwPw
Ask me anything!
Thank you for your thoughtful questions and comments. One of you asked about how to move forward in the context of conflicts regarding difficult aspects of our past. These questions offer some good examples of places to start. I will return to this page during the rest of the afternoon to answer late-breaking queries. Please consider consulting the American Historical Association's resource page on this issue (https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/everything-has-a-history/historians-on-the-confederate-monument-debate). And please consider joining the AHA (https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/membership). If this conversation has stimulated your interest, please also consider following the Twitter hashtag #EverythinghasaHistory