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Old 28 Aug 2017, 07:54 AM   #676239 / #1
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Default Damnatio memoriae for a Confederate general

(Wikipedia)Damnatio memoriae is the practice of attempting to erase the memory of someone very disliked. It was used on Egyptian pharaohs, Roman emperor, and Soviet officials (The Commissar Vanishes, complete with some pre-computer Photoshopping), and Confederacy-lovers seem to think that removal of Confederate-leader statues amounts to the same thing. But they themselves did that to one Confederate general.

The Confederate General Who Was Erased | HuffPost

Author Jane Dailey described being at some Confederate-memorabilia shops. She noticed a curious absence: General William Mahone.
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A native Virginian, a railroad magnate, a slaveholder, and an ardent secessionist, Mahone served in the Confederate army throughout the war. He was one of the Army of Northern Virginia’s most able commanders, distinguishing himself particularly in the summer of 1864 at the Battle of the Crater outside Petersburg. After the war, Robert E. Lee recalled that, when contemplating a successor, he thought that Mahone “had developed the highest qualities for organization and command.”
He was not completely subjected to damnatio memoriae. While he has continued to get respect for his Civil-War performance, his post-Civil-War career has not gotten the attention that it deserves.
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Compared to the Roman traitor Cataline (by Virginia Democrats), to Moses (by African American congressman John Mercer Langston), and to Napoleon (by himself), Mahone organized and led the most successful interracial political alliance in the post-emancipation South. Mahone’s Readjuster Party, an independent coalition of black and white Republicans and white Democrats that was named for its policy of downwardly “readjusting” Virginia’s state debt, governed the state from 1879 to 1883.
Readjusters held several offices and supported black people's political rights: voting, office-holding, and jury service. They also pushed public education and lowered property taxes, and also banned the whipping post and the chain gang. Municipal Readjusters also paved streets, added sidewalks, and modernized water systems.
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The Readjusters lost power in 1883 through a Democratic campaign of violence, electoral fraud, and appeals to white solidarity. While Democrats suppressed progressive politics in the state, other groups of elite white Virginians worked fast to eradicate the memory of Virginia’s experiment in interracial democracy.
White people came to believe that William Mahone was a race traitor and a demagogue, and his name became a dirty word.

I note that Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black did a transition much like William Mahone's, from wearing white robes and scaring black people to wearing black robes and scaring white people. He started his career as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, but he went on to have a good civil-rights record.
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Old 07 Sep 2017, 09:51 PM   #676522 / #2
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One well known person they tried this on was Herostratusfor burning down the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. He did it in hopes of gaining everlasting fame. They even made mentioning his name punishable by death. Didn't work as he was mentioned outside Ephesus so he accomplished what he wanted. He'd be infamous rather than famous though.
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