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Confessions of a Free Speech LawyerCharlottesville and the Politics of Hate$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

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May Days

May Days

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(p.75) 11 May Days
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Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer
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Rodney A. Smolla

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.003.0011

This chapter recalls Judge Moore's ruling on May 2, 2017, which guaranteed that the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson would retain their symbolic presence in the city for some time. It mentions Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, who were not eased by the ruling over the two symbols of the Confederacy and were not about to let the City of Charlottesville off the hook. It also looks into Spencer and Kessler plan for a May rally in Charlottesville that dramatically understate the breadth of their full agenda. The chapter highlights how Charlottesville in 2017 was linked in mind and spirit to the 1939 Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. It traces the history of America regarding its impulse to persecute Jews that has been inextricably intertwined with the impulse to persecute the poor, women, Catholics, Muslims, African Americans, gays, lesbians, and immigrants.

Keywords:   Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler, Confederacy, May rally, persecution

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