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The Confederacy -- Its Roots and Its Legacy
We explore the history behind the statues being destroyed across America  in a wave of iconoclasm -- when and why they were erected, and what they represented. We consider the roots of the Confederacy, which lie in  the rapid change in the American view of slavery -- from an  embarrassing but necessary evil in the 1780s to a positive good in the  1850s -- that caused a sectional rift between North and South. We  examine Confederates' own words to understand why so many Southerners  fought for the Confederacy -- and why just as many of them refused.
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