About this episode

December 10, 2017

Ed Ayers

Hosted by Douglas Blackmon

One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, our country still struggles to agree on a national narrative of that bloody conflict. Hundreds of monuments erected throughout the South have become new open wounds. Plans to remove statues of Confederate generals in Charlottesville, Virginia—where we tape American Forum—were at the center of a deadly “Alt-Right neo-Nazi” demonstration in August. Proposals to remove or relocate Confederate monuments in other cities are provoking demonstrations and conflict. How can a country as sophisticated as ours still be trapped in an argument so fundamentally primitive and tribal? Joining us this week to discuss these issues is EDWARD AYERS, one of the most influential and widely respected American historians. He is also now a member of the commission established to advise Richmond, Virginia, on what it should do with its own immense inventory of Confederate monuments.

Founding and Shaping of the Nation

Misremembering the Civil War

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