BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities. There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes histo ...
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Join Arthur McFarlane II the great grandson of W.E.B. Du Bois on The Gist of Freedom, Thursday at 8:00 EDT! Arthur will be discussing the toppling of Confederate Monuments and the tragic death of the Humanitarian Heather Heyer at the anti-white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville Virginia. Call in 347.324.5552 **** Workers in Charlottesville, Virginia, placed large black tarps Wednesday over two monuments to Confederate military generals, according to video from CNN affiliate WVIR. The statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park and the statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson in Justice Park were each covered with a tarp on Wednesday. The two monuments were the focus of violent protests earlier this month. **** An excerpt from an excerpt penned by W.E.B DuBois Today we can best perpetuate (Robert Lee's) memory ….by explaining it to the young white south. What Lee did in 1861, other Lees are doing in 1928. They lack the moral courage to stand up for justice to the Negro because of the overwhelming public opinion of their social environment.