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Charleston, SC: Attacking Confederate Monuments and Its Meaning for America

February 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm


Before “political correctness,” Americans respected Confederate memorials. They knew the War was a conflict that went back to the founding fathers and that the secessionist descendants of Jefferson were as much good Americans as the Union descendants of Lincoln. Today, however, our elites are kindling fires to consume not only Confederate symbols but much else besides.

A modest plaque with only the words: “In Memory of George Washington” was removed from Christ Church in Alexandria along with an identically styled plaque for Robert E. Lee. Washington was on the Vestry of Christ Church. He freed his slaves in is will and left funds to care for those unable to work. Lee freed the slaves inherited from his father-in-law before the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Vestry that removed the plaques were not children throwing a tantrum. They were well educated civic and religious leaders. How are we to understand such impiety and lack of humanity? What kind of America are we and our children slouching towards? What is the source of this attack on the Confederacy and traditional American society? And what can be done? Join us for a thoughtful discussion of these topics.



5:30-6:30 Meet and greet the Speakers (Magnolia Room)

7:30-9:00 Registration at Breakfast (all events in Magnolia Room)

9:00-10:00 “Memory Holes for Slavery and the Confederacy”
Kirkpatrick Sale

10:00-11:00 “Re-Shaping A Nation’s Memory: The War on Southern and American Icons”
Michael Kogan, Philosophy, Montclair University, Emeritus

11;00-12:00 “The Disintegration of Lincolnian America”
Donald Livingston, Philosophy, Emory University, Emeritus

12:00-2:00 Lunch (on your own)

2;00-3:00 “Civil Society and the State: The Europeanization of the American Landscape”
Marco Bassani, University of Milan

3:00-4:00 “Awake For the Living: Lee and the ‘Feeling of Loyalty’”
Aaron Wolff, Senior Editor, Chronicles, A Magazine of American Culture

4:00-5:00 “Confederate Monuments and the Revenge of the Nerds”
Carey Roberts, History and Associate Dean, Liberty University

6:00- Banquet (Magnolia Room)
After dinner talk by Congressman Ben Jones (aka “Cooter” of the “Dukes of Hazard”) “Southern to the Bone, or How to be Happily Unreconstructed in a World Gone Crazy”

Meet the Speakers:

For those arriving Friday night and would like informal discussions with the speakers, add $25 to the conference fee.

What’s included:

The lectures begin on Saturday, February 24, 2018  at 9am and continue up to a banquet followed by a speech from Congressman Ben Jones.  REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL!


Crowne Plaza Hotel, North Charleston, SC.


Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC 2914. Room rate $129, cut off date January 23, 2018. For reservations call (843)744 4422. Mention the Abbeville Institute.


February 24, 2018
8:00 am - 10:00 pm


Don Livingston


Crowne Plaza Hotel
4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418 United States
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