PBS NewsHour

The shifting history of Confederate monuments

Clip: 08/14/2017 | 5m 53s

The backdrop of Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the city's downtown. What’s the story behind such monuments and why do we continue to struggle with the legacy of the Civil War? Edward Ayers of the University of Richmond joins William Brangham to offer some historical context.

Aired: 08/14/17

Rating: NR

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