On a Friday night in 2017, a group of about 250 people carrying torches, mostly young white men, marched in a column toward a statue of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia. Violence erupted as they met a multiracial group of about 30 counterprotesters who had locked arms around the base of the statue. This first night of violence would set off days of mayhem in Charlottesville.
In this fourth webinar in the Power to the People series from the Center for Civic Education, Brandon Hasbrouck, Assistant Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, explains why symbols, such as monuments and flags, have such power and emotional impact for Americans.
The Power of Symbols: Monuments and Flags webinar is designed especially for teachers of civics, government, and U.S. history who want to better understand current controversies surrounding monuments and flags, but everyone is welcome to attend.
The Power to the People webinar series is sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, Kansas State University, and the Indiana Bar Foundation