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.
Let's keep the conversation going. Who do you want to hear from next on the SouthBound podcast?
- Cox's faculty page at UNC Charlotte
- Her 2017 essay in the New York Times on why Confederate monuments must come down
- She's quoted in this New Yorker story on the (formerly Dixie) Chicks
- And in this Vox video on how Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history
- And in this Washington Post story on places named "Plantation"
Other music in this episode:
- Minus Pilots, "South Late Winter Dream"
- Jason Shaw, "Plantation"
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