At the University of Texas at Austin, there are calls to take down a statue of the Confederate president on campus.
Almost 25 years have passed since the town of Halabja in northern Iraq suffered the worst chemical weapons attack ever perpetrated against a civilian population.
At least 5,000 people are thought to have died in what is now seen as a campaign of genocide launched by Saddam Hussein against the Iraqi Kurds.
The BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson was one of the first international journalists to reach Halabja in 1988, and he went back to meet some of the survivors.
From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.