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Flags, Soldier Statues And Civil War Memory

The Confederate flag has been around for more than a century, yet the controversial symbol has been in the headlines almost every week this year. South Carolina removed the flag from their state grounds this summer after the shooting of churchgoers in Charleston, but the debate over Confederate symbols has continued across the nation.

Historian Thomas Brown has studied landmarks of Confederate memory around the country and examines what they can teach us about Americans’ changing political, social, and economic positions.

He authored the book “Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina” (UNC Press/2015) and is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center studying post-Civil War soldier monuments.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Thomas J. Brown, professor of history at the University of South Carolina, about his interest in civil war memory in advance of his lecture at the National Humanities Center tonight at 6 p.m.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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