Monument Laws – Protecting an Ugly History – Episode 1
- Why it is time for the Lost Cause to finally get lost?
- Want to end up in Richmond Monument Avenue? – be like Arthur Ashe!
- Learn why Trump’s day of doom for national monuments is near.
On this week’s episode, Matt and Tony deep dive deep into some of the craziest and dark parts of the legal history of the United States. Matt is a recovering Big Law attorney turned comedian with a passion for legal history, while Tony has no legal background whatsoever, except for a few minor brushes with the law. Ultimately it’s Tony’s absurd and funny point of view on laws that will rub Matt the hilarious way.
Expect intended puns yet sensible conversation as they talk about the erected laws to protect Confederate monuments, the reasons why it is time for the Lost Cause to finally get lost, and why it is fun to work as park maintenance with Dad.
Check out these episode highlights
- [05:00] Why it is time for the Lost Cause to finally get lost?
- [09:40] Reasons why everyone wants to study Civil war history now
- [10:40] Interesting facts about Antiquities Act of 1906
- [14:30] Congress Debate on if monument laws are extension of Presidential powers
- [15:52] How Congress was hexed by Theodore Roosevelt while he was riding a horse?
- [20:43] Trump’s day of doom for national monuments approaches
- [22:33] Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017—new law to make sure the monuments are here to stay.
- [24:17] How an Arthur Ashe monument end in Richmond’s
- [30:46] In New Orleans, monument to white supremacy finally falls
- [38:57] Confederate statues meant to be everlasting symbols of white
- [40:55] Monuments are reminders of terrible times in American history, taking down statue can heal a community