Should taxpayers fund commemorations of the Confederacy? That's the conversation sociologist Mark Patrick George and Reverend Floyd Rose are hoping to start with a letter they sent last month to Georgia lawmakers. They argue that Georgia’s secession ordinance of 1861 proves the Confederacy fought in order to preserve slavery, and therefore taxpayers shouldn’t pay to glorify it. George and Rose say heritage groups like the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy are obfuscating history by suggesting the Confederacy only fought for states’ rights and southern pride.
On May 27, GPB premiered a documentary about Dean Rusk. The Georgia native served as secretary of state and for President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Two of Rusk’s three children-- Peggy Rusk- Smith and Rich Rusk-- joined GPB All Things Considered host Ellen Reinhardt for a conversation about their father’s legacy.
Black Confederates are a relatively small but symbolically important part of the South's history of the Civil War. Or as Georgia Benton puts it, the War Between the States. Benton, a Savannah native, is Georgia's first African-American member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Looking back, Vince Dooley never expected to last at the University of Georgia. “To my wife Barbara, I said, ‘Don’t get too comfortable. Don’t unpack! We may not be here very long, which is the nature of the business, but I’m going to give it my best shot,’” Dooley said in an interview Wednesday with GPB.
The remains of a Spanish and Native American settlement are falling into a creek. Archaeologists are busy documenting the site. But officials are discussing a long-term solution to protect the site of a 16th Century Spanish church.
Many Georgians now in positions of power attended the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago today. Their memories are as diverse as they are. In Savannah, Mayor Edna Jackson sees a direct link between the march and what she now does as her daily job.