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In the aftermath of the violence in #Charlottesville last year, we brought together some of the country’s best historians to help us make sense of what happened. It’s a good time to revisit those pieces. /1…
Reflecting on the presence of white nationalists at UVA, @DrIbram asked what Jefferson would say about white supremacists descending on his university — would he reject them, or welcome them with open arms? /2…
Megan Ming Francis (@meganfrancis) looked at the way past black and brown activists had successfully engaged with presidential administrations hostile to their interests. /3…
In a sharp, bracing piece, @ndbconnolly argued that liberalism would not defeat white supremacy — only direct action would. /4…
Noting police inaction in Charlottesville, @dnbrgr traced the history of police complicity with white supremacy. /5…
In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s appalling “both sides” comments, Elizabeth Varon explored the false moral equivalence represented by Confederate statues, which equate the Confederate cause with the Union cause. /6…
Civil War historian Nina Silber looked at how Nazis admired and sought to emulate the Confederacy, evidence of the ways white supremacy united both regimes. /7…
Continuing to look at Germany, @ykomska offered advice on what to do with Confederate monuments based on how Germany has struggled with its brutal history. /8…
Mark Bray (@Mark_Bray) explained who the Antifa are, and their roots in the early 20th century. /9…
Then @kpanyc showed how British anti-fascists defeated homegrown fascism in the 1930s. /10…
Digging into the history of white supremacy in the US, @CFPetrella looked at the importance of white elites and respectability politics to white nationalist organizing. /11…
And @madebyhistory’s own @brianros1 called on Republicans to seriously confront their own history of racism. /12…
At a moment of local and national crisis, historians helped provide a way to understand the confusing, traumatic events unfolding in Charlottesville. I’m so proud to have played a role in publishing them. 13/13

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