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Should confederate monuments be removed? Show more Show less

Whether or not confederate monuments should be removed is hotly debated. On one hand, confederacy has a negative history. Automatically, it’s associated with slavery and Civil War. On the other hand, confederate monuments are simply a representation of history. Shouldn’t all history, good or bad, be put on display?

No, confederate monuments should not be removed Show more Show less

Confederate monuments are just another part of history. They aren’t hurting anyone and should be an honored reminder of our past.
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It’s a part of national history

The Civil War is a part of history that can’t be denied. Therefore, it should be accepted.
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Context

The Argument

Confederate monuments shouldn’t be taken down. The Civil War affected all of America. Over 620,000 soldiers died in the Civil War.[1] People need both Union and Confederate monuments to show people how both sides sacrificed.

Counter arguments

Confederate monuments promote slavery and separation from the nation. They have no reason to be out in the open and should be put in a museum hidden from public view. People will think the confederacy is acceptable with them being out in public. After all, children imitate their parents.[2]

Framing

Premises

[P1] Confederate monuments represent the Civil War. [P2] The Civil War is part of national history and should be acknowledged.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] The Civil War was a horrible time for Union soldiers, confederate soldiers, and slaves. They shouldn’t be respected.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war
  2. https://slate.com/human-interest/2009/01/your-kids-will-imitate-you-use-it-as-a-force-for-good.html

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