America's veneration of the Civil War continues in popular culture, in the millions who visit Civil War battle sites, and in the way we talk about divisive issues in America to this day. Ty Seidule was raised to revere Robert E. Lee and the myth of the 'Lost Cause," but now says he was wrong to do so.
Episode Duration: 27 minutes and 14 seconds
Episode Number: 924
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Story in the Public Square is a weekly, public affairs show designed to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.
The show is inspired by the power of stories to shape public understanding of important issues.
For example, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," shined a crucial light on the violence and inhumanity of American slavery, fueled the abolition movement, and inspired Abraham Lincoln, upon meeting the author, to say "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war." Narrative is no less important today-though the vehicles for dissemination are much more diverse.
From a great novel to a film, a song, or even a Tweet, stories still very much impact the way the American public looks at issues.
Our show turns a critical eye to these stories and their tellers.
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