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Monuments to the Lost Cause

Three sources describing and depicting the Jefferson Davis monument in Richmond, Virginia, which includes a statue of Miss Confederacy, a symbolic representation of idealized Southern womanhood.

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Life in the Mission System

This drawing of the Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo shows the setting of Spanish efforts to convert and Europeanize Native populations in Alta California.

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Purity of Blood

Margueritte Wiltz’s petition to marry a Spanish soldier captures the early expressions of white supremacy in Spanish Louisiana.

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Fashionable Rebellion

This portrait shows how free black women in Spanish Louisiana turned an oppressive law into a celebration of individuality and culture.

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