Episode: Help Us Map the Confederate Flag


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Help Us Map the Confederate Flag

In the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville, where a protester was killed by a white supremacist, dozens of monuments to the Confederacy are being taken down.

It's an extraordinary moment in American history, and in this episode, we stop to ask: When did the Confederate flag start showing up in the North?

The story brings together segregationists like Strom Thurmond with Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd and TV's The Dukes of Hazzard. All of them helped bring the flag to a national audience in the 20th century, as white Americans struggled to make sense of the civil rights movement, and in many cases, pushed back.

Additionally, WNYC is mapping the locations of Confederate flags in New York state. If you've spotted one, please let us know here!

A Confederate flag in Delaware County, NY (Christina Hunt Wood)

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