In 2015, a young white supremacist named Dylann Roof walked into a prayer meeting in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina and murdered nine people, all African American, in cold blood. Amid the mourning and soul-searching after that terrible event, there was one perhaps surprising outcome: an intensified conversation about the meaning of the public symbolism and commemoration of the American Civil War (1860-65).

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