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Dylann Roof

  • Originally published 06/02/2016

    The Anomaly of Dylann Roof

    White-on-black murders rarely result in a death sentence. Roof might be an exception.

  • Originally published 07/24/2015

    Charleston and the Amok Syndrome

    Thomas Fleming

    While there is a connection to the so-called Lost Cause on the surface of Dylann Roof’s disturbed mind, it is not an explanation for the tragedy. The reason for the bloodshed is psychiatric, not racial or political.

  • Originally published 07/03/2015

    The Persistence of Myth in Southern Politics and Life

    Ron Briley

    The notion that the Civil War and Reconstruction were foisted upon a defenseless South by a tyrannical central government retains considerable influence in a Southern ideology of persecution.

  • Originally published 06/29/2015

    Bring down the Confederate flag, not memory of Civil War fallen

    Jonathan Zimmerman

    In the wake of the Charleston murders, the campaign against the Confederate flag has morphed into attacks on other historical vestiges of the Confederacy itself. And anyone who cares about history should be alarmed by that.

  • Originally published 06/25/2015

    How The South Lost The War But Won The Narrative

    Tony Horwitz

    Furling the statehouse flag may bring temporary relief to South Carolinians, but what we truly need to bury is the gauzy fiction that the antebellum South was in any way benign, or that slavery and white supremacy weren’t the cornerstone of the Confederacy.

  • Originally published 06/23/2015

    Terrorism in Charleston

    Jelani Cobb

    Beneath this philological fracas lay a truth evident to political speechwriters, eulogists, and news anchors: in times of tragedy, language matters.

  • Originally published 06/22/2015

    Faith in Charleston

    Steve Estes

    The complex history of religion in Charleston serves as both a cautionary tale and a reason for hope.