Craig, thanks for swinging by. Not mentioning when the majority of those monuments were erected, as well as spikes in their numbers, was very much intended. There’s only so much history any reader can take at any one time; not to mention the amount of time I’m willing to devote to this topic.
The plan was/is to write a second piece that addresses the timing of when those monuments were erected and what the people had to say at the time; and then maybe a third piece that addresses how other countries handle memorials to traitors and deeply flawed and reprehensible movements in their borders. Looks like somebody tackled the second topic here. Check it out.
Maybe you’d like to take on that third topic? Thanks for commenting!