Confederate Heritage and the Fracturing of American Identity

TOPIC: The Southern novelist, Walker Percy, argued that the very form of the mind of an historic people is found in its most basic symbols. Less than a year after the unconstitutional and brutal invasion of the South by Lincoln’s forces, the Confederacy knew by heritage and history that it must fly the St. Andrews Cross, the diagonal cross which through the centuries and in many nations has commanded “resistance to tyrants.” President Eisenhower kept a portrait of Robert E. Lee to the right of his desk in the Oval office for two terms.

Join us for a thoughtful discussion of what Confederate symbols mean and why they are under attack. For over a century Confederate monuments and symbols were commemorated as part of a complex American national identity. Recent efforts by political and cultural elites to remove those symbols are shameful and ignorant actions which demonstrate that these leaders and their supporters envision an America bereft of its honor, character, and founding principles.

Confederate Heritage and the Fracturing of American Identity


  • “The Southern Genocide,” Dr. Thomas Fleming
  • “The Confederate Rule of Law: An American Patrimony Worth Fighting for Then and Now,” Prof. Marshall De Rosa
  • “The Old South and the New South,” Prof. Brion McClanahan
  • “The Changing Meaning of Confederate Symbols,” Prof. Carey Roberts
  • “The Real Reason the South Seceded.” Prof. Donald Livingston
  • “A Heritage Story: ‘The Army of the Dead,’” Barbara Marthal

Meet the Speakers:

For those arriving Friday night and would like informal discussions with the speakers, add $25 to the conference fee.

What’s included:

The lectures are on Saturday, October 17 from 9 am to 5 pm. Conference fee is $150 which includes entrance to the park, tuition, breakfast, lunch, and a rich selection of continuous refreshments throughout the meeting.


The Evergreen Marriott Hotel in Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia in view of the monumental Confederate Memorial.

Optional Accommodations:

Accommodations: If you would like accommodations at the same hotel as the event, please contact the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, Stone Mountain, Georgia, in view of the monumental Confederate Memorial. Room cost at conference rate (which expires 5 pm Sept. 25) is $159. The hotel number to call for accommodations will be available in a few days.

Less expensive accommodations: There are a number of motels within five miles of Stone Mountain with lower rates. Google “Motels near Stone Mountain Park.”

Please Register HERE.

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