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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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Is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break?
Louisiana’s TOPS program provides free in-state college tuition for qualifying students. Up until recently, TOPS has covered the full amount so as tuition rose, so did the award. The state’s cost of funding the program has nearly tripled over the last ten years.

Students entering their senior year of high school this fall will face new regulations. TOPS awards will no longer automatically rise as tuition increases. That means TOPS recipients and their families will pay for the difference unless the Legislature specifically votes to raise TOPS again.

A legislative task force will study how to sustain the program this fall. So, is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break? Should TOPS be based on financial need? Should GPA standards be raised for recipients? Should TOPS graduates be required to stay in the state or pay back the award? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Studying TOPS” Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, August 22)
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