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SouthBound: Karen Cox on Confederate Statues, Plantation Neighborhoods, And Other Old South Remnants

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The links to the South’s Confederate past are beginning to come down – some by law, some by force. But this part of the country is still strewn with memorials to the Lost Cause – from monuments in town squares to the names of parks and streets and schools.

Karen Cox has spent her career studying why and how those memorials came to be. She’s a professor of history at UNC Charlotte and the author of several books, including “Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture.” She talks about how the Old South found its way into everything from our neighborhoods to our textbooks.

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Show notes:

Other music in this episode:

  • Minus Pilots, "South Late Winter Dream"
  • Jason Shaw, "Plantation"

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our audience engagement manager is Joni Deutsch, and our main theme comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.