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When Modern Mores Collide With History

A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed from Lee Circle in New Orleans in May, the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed.
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A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed from Lee Circle in New Orleans in May, the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed.

The issue of how we judge historical figures has been in the news a lot lately. We're discussing how present-day perspectives can alter our view of the past.  

Author and Historian Kenneth Davis and long-time Vermont historian Jeffrey Potash join us to talk about whether we should judge the actions or beliefs of historical figures by today's societal standards.

Broadcast live on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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