MAGA, the New Confederate Lost Cause

MAGA, the New Confederate Lost Cause

By WNYC Studios

Notes from America

Monday, 16 November

White supremacist myths turn defeated leaders into heroic victors. Will Donald Trump now get the same transfiguration as Robert E. Lee?

If history is our guide -- as it often is on this show -- then there’s reason to worry about the answer to that question. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dr. David Blight (Sterling Professor of History at Yale University and the author of "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom") joins Kai to tell the story of the Confederacy’s Lost Cause mythology -- how it was created, why it still matters today, and how similar it may feel to the new Lost Cause of Donald Trump.

Plus, we open our pre-election time capsule of your wildest dreams. Before the election, we asked you to imagine a future for the country, your communities, and yourselves. In this episode, we share some of the dreams you sent us -- including a dream of cross-species telepathy! Really, though. 

Companion listening from our archives:

An Invitation to Dream (11/02/2020) A Historian’s Guide to the 2020 Election (09/28/2020) The Life and Work of Ida B. Wells (05/08/2020)

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