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Peabody Award alert from Richmond VA

East End residents are the best type of people in Richmond, VA. (Ok, we’re a little biased). But how cool is it to get a Peabody Award? The podcast “Monumental Lies” was awarded the Peabody in the Radio/Podcast category.

The Peabody awards are given for “distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals, and the World Wide Web”.

Here’s a blurb on the podcast:

The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the Confederacy didn’t completely die with it. Monuments, shrines and museums are found throughout the South. We teamed up with The Investigative Fund to visit dozens of them and found that for devoted followers they inspire a disturbing – and distorted – view of history: Confederate generals as heroes. Slaves who were happy to work for them. That twisted history is also shared with schoolchildren on class trips. And you won’t believe who’s funding these site to keep them running.

Plus, the story of New Mexico’s great monument controversy. In 1998, the state was set to celebrate its “cuartocentenario:” the 400th anniversary of the state’s colonization by the Spanish. But a dramatic act of vandalism would turn the making of a monument in Albuquerque into a fight over history the city didn’t expect.

Read The Cost of the Confederacy for context.


It took a marvelous team to do it: Seth Wessler, Esther Kaplan at Type Investigations, Kevin Sullivan & Fernanda Camarena + the whole Reveal crew, Erin Hollaway Palmer here in Richmond-and of course our friends at Smithsonian magazine, which published the print piece.

Brian Palmer – Journalist

Listen to it on Apple, Google, Stitcher, Spotify and Radio public by following this link.

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SA Chaplin
SA Chaplin
1 year ago

This podcast has its merits, but it is basically political correctness on steroids. The podcasters demonstrate an intentional ignorance of history. For example, they view as ‘propaganda’ when a re-enactor explains (correctly) that the term “civil war” is inaccurate. Well, it is inaccurate, because the south didn’t try to take over the federal government; the South seceded. And it had as much right to do so as did the colonies in 1776. The podcasters mention a “would-be nation” created to defend slavery as if defending slavery was the reason for creating this “would-be” nation. Though slavery played a significant part,… Read more »

Ted T
Ted T
1 year ago

SA Chaplin has a very well written and thought out response to this that I hope everyone takes time to read. I feel like there is a general lack of perspective taken when looking back on most historical events in this country. People need to remember that we have the luxury of living 150 years after slavery was abolished in this country. However, at the time, the world had only been a world I which slavery existed. The majority of people did not have easily accessible books and literature. This meant that most relied on the most common text at… Read more »

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G
1 year ago

An interesting thought experiment is what totally normal (to us) thing we do right now will be totally repellent/evil to people 200 years down the line. I think it’s going to be eating meat. There are a small percentage of people saying it’s morally wrong now too, and with the importance of pets in our lives only getting stronger, I really think something is going to flip.

Melissa Pocock
Melissa Pocock
1 year ago

@SA Chaplin “But certainly it is okay to say that there were slave owners who, in some ways, treated their slaves like family. (This is a fact.)” What are your parameters of slave masters who treated enslaved men/women/children “like family” versus not like family? “Factual” examples are welcome. @Ted T “I feel like there is a general lack of perspective taken when looking back on most historical events in this country. People need to remember that we have the luxury of living 150 years after slavery was abolished in this country.” Luckily, we can read the perspectives of those who… Read more »

Jason S
Jason S
1 year ago

SA Chaplin, you’re revisionist history is absurd. Slavery and its economic benefits were the basis for the civil war. This is easy information to find. Just read the articles of secession of any of the southern states, they pronounce slavery as the main reason. Georgia, Mississippi, Texas are a good place to start. These are the documents that tell you, from the words of the secessionists, as to why they were going to war against the United States. When you talk about state’s rights, what do you mean? What did the southern states want the right to do? To continue,… Read more »

Jason S
Jason S
1 year ago

Ted, When you talk about how unfortunate it is that half a million people died in the civil war, also consider the over 4 million people who died at the hands of the institution of slavery. The people who were tortured to death, raped, pillaged, whose bodies were broken slowly and intentionally. Also, just because slavery ended as a result of the Northern states winning that war definitely doesn’t mean life after slavery was a “luxury” for those who were freed. When you talk about a “general lack of perspective” while making these comments you come across as woefully ignorant… Read more »

Catherine Illian
Catherine Illian
1 year ago

Other resources include the new exhibit at the American Civil War Museum which is opening Saturday. Specifically about the monuments you can go to onmonumentave.org
About the Civil War, This Republic of Suffering.
I’m also organizing a tour and dialogue of the monument ave
June 7 in the evening

Lee
Lee
1 year ago

@ SA Chaplin and Jason S – I would also point out that, due to the electoral college and the 3/5ths compromise, the idea that the war was about state rights or federal overreach or economic differences is correct in so much as slavery was inextricable from those other concerns. By partially counting enslaved people for the purpose of determining electoral college votes, districting, etc. Slave states were initially given disproportionate control over the federal government. Slaveholding states only started complaining about political fairness/states rights/etc. when they began to lose political power. Agrarian, slaveholding economies failed to grow at the… Read more »

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G
1 year ago

No one is going to take my bait on thinking about what a lot of us do now, that will be horribly offensive 200 years later? Seems more interesting, and possibly more productive, than relitigating the Lost Cause narrative vs modern historical interpretations (though – duh – the civil war was mainly about slavery).

Dubois2
Dubois2
1 year ago

I would very much like to see more and better non-slave owner statues on monument avenue. The first person feel is a hero of slavery that I would like to see standing as Monument on the grass is Harriet Tubman. She exemplifies a number of values that matter to me.

While I hear the arguments above I’m especially interested in hearing what new statues each of you would choose, to kind of understand more about where you each are coming from.

The U.....nion Hill
The U.....nion Hill
1 year ago

No confederate monuments up north. Maybe you all would feel more comfortable up there……just saying.

Melissa Pocock
Melissa Pocock
1 year ago

@The U….noon Hill, nah.

The.....Union Hill
The.....Union Hill
1 year ago

@ Melissa
Okay, then stop complaining.

Dubois2
Dubois2
1 year ago

This really does get some of us into our oddest of feelings doesn’t it. Union hill, I’m comfortable in my skin wherever I go, and I continue to be quite happy here, thanks. The south was both sides of slavery. Perhaps the ending of slavery is of more lasting importance than any of the other issues we associate with the civil war. So in those terms, where slavery’s end matters, monument avenue is at very best, one sided. And that seems silly and mean-spirited to me. Which diminishes everyone associated with it. In what is not a shocking coincidence, That… Read more »

Melissa Pocock
Melissa Pocock
1 year ago

@The….Union Hill, Brian Palmer and Seth Wessler won a very prestigious award for digging into the monies going to Confederate sites (including cemeteries) and interpretive programs. Richmond is included in this investigation. People, nation wide, are paying attention. The city is changing, views are evolving. Looks like you’re the one who will need to get comfortable with this.

The U.....nion Hill
The U.....nion Hill
1 year ago

No, tearing down history is something that no one should ever be comfortable with.

Jason S
Jason S
1 year ago

Not sure you understand what history is, guy. You’re conflating history with monuments. History is the knowledge of past events. If something tangible, like… saaay.. a statue was not around during those events, it’s not history. It’s an interpretation of history. “Tearing down history” would be something like revising facts to suggest that the American civil war was not fought over the institution of slavery. Those bunk ass comments have no meat on them. They’re not clever or rooted in fact. Just something a child would say to avoid a deeper conversation. “If you like the north so much, why… Read more »

Crystal
Crystal
11 months ago

@The U…nion Hill Judging by the name you chose for your CHPN account, this will fall on deaf ears. In any case, appeals to accurately interpret the existing Monuments as vestiges of the “Lost Cause” movement of the early 20th century and more equitably commemorate the people of Richmond is hardly a complaint-and surely not worthy of banishment especially in a nation founded on the principle of continually striving for a “more perfect union.” Perhaps it’s you who may find himself more comfortable elsewhere. I sympathize. It can’t be fun to know you’re a member of a dying breed…. 🙁… Read more »

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