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Just past the southern gates at the Texas State Capitol stands the Confederate Soldiers Monument, a symbol of the men who gave their lives in the name of the south.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis towers above them. That statue was erected nearly 40 years after the end of the Civil War.

"Jefferson Davis was seen in the 1910s and 20s not as a traitor, but as a courageous defender of white rule and that's what those statues were designed to maintain. Some of them even say that," says University of Texas history professor Jeremi Suri.