January 17, 2019  

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Alumna to Give Testimony at Congressional Briefing on History of Civil War Monuments

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Dr. Karen Cox

Dr. Karen L. Cox, professor and founding director of the graduate public history program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will be among a group of historians providing testimony at a briefing for the U.S. Congress on the history of Civil War monuments. The briefing, organized by the National History Center, will be held Monday, Oct. 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. 

The purpose of the briefing is to address the historical context in which Civil War monuments were constructed and imbued with meaning, and discuss their relationship to American historical memory. Dr. Cox, who earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Southern Miss in 1997, is also an Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer.

“My part of the briefing will address the role of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) in monument building, since these southern women were responsible for the vast majority of Confederate monuments across the South, and on federally-owned properties like national battlefields and Arlington National Cemetery,” Dr. Cox said.

Dr. Cox is the author of Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture (2003), which won the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians and the edited volume Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (2012), which won the 2013 Allen G. Noble Award from the Pioneer America Society. 

She recently completed her third book, Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South, set in 1930s Natchez, Miss. 

For more information about this event, visit http://nationalhistorycenter.org/congressional-briefing-history-civil-war-monuments/; for more information about Dr. Cox, visit https://clas-pages.uncc.edu/karen-cox/; For information about the USM Department of History, visit https://www.usm.edu/history.