The Confederate states, also known as the Confederacy, were 11 states in the United States of America that seceded from the Union after the election of President Abraham Lincoln. They existed between 1861 and 1865 but were never officially recognised.
These states formed the Confederacy as a way of maintaining slavery as a way of life- something the election of Lincoln threatened.
In 2015 following the Charleston church shooting, a number of States removed statues dedicated to the Confederacy, as they believed that these statues glorified white supremacy and a government that thrived on the perpetuation of slavery.
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This sparked the removal of such monuments and plaques across the U.S. Here are the confederate statues that have been pulled down, so far.