United, Regardless, and a Bit Regretful: Confederate History Month, the Slavery Apology, and the Failure of Commemoration

  title={United, Regardless, and a Bit Regretful: Confederate History Month, the Slavery Apology, and the Failure of Commemoration},
  author={Katherine D. Walker},
  journal={American Nineteenth Century History},
  pages={315 - 338}
  • K. D. Walker
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • History, Sociology
  • American Nineteenth Century History
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