The monuments to Confederate leaders are all about altering the realities of history to empower and enforce old mythic beliefs. They are there on courthouse lawns to remind black southerners of their place. One this show, Southern historian Karen Cox reveals that the monuments are largely the work of women’s groups in the early 20th century. Remarkably similar to insistence that Trump actually won in 2020, many still believe altering history is the way forward and they are digging in their heels. Which of course inspires backlash from anti-racists. Common ground remains elusive.

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