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06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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In December, New Orleans’ City Council approved Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to remove four Confederate monuments from the city. But the action has been postponed by a federal court of appeals. And while two attempts in the state legislature to block the removal of the monuments failed this session, a statewide poll shows that 73 percent of Louisiana residents oppose moving the structures.

So, what should be the role of state and local government in regulating these symbols? Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums? Louisiana Public Square explores the debate in an encore presentation of its award-winning episode, “Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces,” airing Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

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1. Only 4% of Southern soldiers owned slaves. What were they fighting for? 2. Robert E. Lee, was offered by A. Lincoln the command of the Union Army. He peplied that ” he could not fight against his fellow Virginians” and declined. 3.. Robert E. Lee freed all his slaves in 1862. Abraham Lincoln did not issue “The Emancipation Proclamation” until 1863. It only freed slaves in South and not the North. Hypocrite, why did it take him so long. 4. General Grant had slaves until the end of the war! Is any of this incorrect?

Posted by Roger LeBlanc  on  06/23  at  05:23 PM

the south was about to end slavery just before the Civil War started.

Posted by patricia bonnette  on  06/23  at  05:25 PM
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Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with non-violent offenses?
Louisiana is the prison capital of the world. Its incarceration rate is nearly double the rest of the country. And while Louisiana incarcerates violent offenders at a rate comparable to other southern states, nonviolent offenders are imprisoned at a much higher rate.

A package of bills being proposed this legislative session attacks the mass incarceration problem from a number of angles.

Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with non-violent offenses? Should judges have more flexibility in sentencing? Should the state increase more opportunities for probation and parole? Should Louisiana pay sheriffs less for housing work release inmates? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Reforming Criminal Justice” Wednesday, May 24 at 9 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
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