Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses memorial for nathan bedford forrest tribute or aggression. Through his actions after the end of the Civil War, Forrest unleashed a systematic campaign of terror against African Americans and their advocates for equal racial rights. Nathan Bedford Forrest transformed from the defender of Selma to a racist apartheid leader set out to take away the life and liberty of African Americans and their advocates for equal racial rights. The Ku Klux Klan eroded over time and is considered one of the saddest chapters in American history. The issue of appreciating Forrest remained untouched for decades but has recently resurfaced. A public monument to Forrest had been proposed by some residents of Selma but the scheme was not provided land by the town authorities. In order to erect a monument to Forrest, these residents are proceeding to purchase private land near the town center. Friction exists between residents regarding the erection of such a monument even if done on private land. It is proposed that the monument to Forrest not be built near the town center but should be shifted to a remoter location so as to discourage public outrage on this issue.
Proponents of the monument to Forrest contend that the monument can be erected on private land citing their First Amendment right to do so (McEvoy). Under the First Amendment, every American citizen is entitled to liberty and freedom including the right to express their ideas publicly (Monaghan). If the town government of Selma was to approve of the monument to Forrest, it could have been seen as a sign that there was official support behind such cause. However, this would lead to a new dimension of problems including support for finances from government coffers. In order to circumvent this position, proponents of the monument to Forrest have decided to purchase private land near the town center where the monument would be erected. Under the First Amendment, there is no stopping such behavior since the land’s .owners are allowed to carry out any activity as long as it does not endanger the nation’s security or does not provoke public outrage.