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Authors ponder long shadow cast by Civil War in books focused on conflict’s legacy

An up-close image from a Civil War statue in Washingon, DC. [Brandon Bourdages/Shutterstock]
An up-close image from a Civil War statue in Washingon, DC. [Brandon Bourdages/Shutterstock]

Today we are bringing you rebroadcasts of conversations with two authors who wrote books dealing with the long shadow cast by the Civil War.

We the think the conversations are worth another listen.  

We begin with an interview with Cleveland author Laura DeMarco.  A frequent guest of the program she joined us on The Sound of Ideas in June.  DeMarco has published several books about her home city such as "Lost Cleveland" and "Cleveland Then and Now."  But her newest work expanded her focus to the battlefields, encampments, hospitals, and other locations of America's most defining conflict . "Lost Civil War: The Disappearing Legacy of America's Greatest Conflict" was published in the summer.  

Monuments and statues commemorating the Civil War period continue to be a flashpoint in our culture, especially those memorializing the leaders of the failed Confederacy.

The fight over removing a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia became the focus of a deadly, white nationalist protest, “Unite the Right,” in 2017.  The statue was eventually removed in July of this year and recently it was announced it will be melted down and turned into a new public arts project.

Historian Karen Cox, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, waded into the fray surrounding monuments with her book, “No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice. We originally heard her interview in June.

Finally, we bring you an Applause Performance segment that originally aired in September.  This performance featured an all-star group of Tri-C Jazz Fest musicians.

This special edition of Applause Performances featured a talented trio from Northeast Ohio: Dominick Farinacci on trumpet, Dan Wilson on guitar, and Jerome Jennings on drums. Rounding out the quartet was bass player and host of NPR's Jazz Night in America, Christian McBride.

  Laura DeMarco, author "Lost Civil War: The Disappearing Legacy of America's Greatest Conflict"

Karen Cox, Ph.D., Professor of History, UNC-Charlotte, Author, "No Common Ground"

Tri-C Jazz Fest All Stars Applause Performance:

  • David C. Barnett, Senior Reporter, Ideastream Public Media, Arts & Culture
  • Dominick Farinacci, Trumpet
  • Dan Wilson, Guitar
  • Jerome Jennings, Drums
  • Christian McBride, Bass, Host, Jazz Night, NPR
Leigh Barr is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and the "Sound of Ideas Reporters Roundtable."