A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to talk about my research on Civil War monuments with Larry Mendte on “The Delaware Way,” a weekly news program that airs on KJWP2 in Wilmington and covers Delaware news. The producers had seen Chris Carola’s article on soldier monuments, for which I was interviewed, and thought it would make a good segment for the show. We taped on Tuesday, May 12. I was pretty nervous when I arrived at the studio for the taping, but everyone treated me wonderfully and I had a great experience. The segment aired over the weekend, and now I am glad to share it.
It was a little bittersweet to receive the YouTube clip of the interview on a day when Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the lawn of the state house in Columbia, S.C. and news reports surfaced that a Confederate monument in Charleston was tagged with the slogan “Black Lives Matter.” Today’s events have reminded me once again of how Civil War history and monuments remain a current part of our culture, implicated in the thorniest political issues of today. I hope to post about these developments further later in the week.
But for now, here is the interview: