As BackStory moves towards the end of its production, we’ve asked our hosts to select memorable moments from the show that we’re publishing as episodes once per month.
A founding host of the show, Ed Ayers has had hundreds of conversations on a huge variety of topics. But some of his favorite BackStory moments touched on anniversaries and events related to his own field in American history: slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
So on this best of BackStory, Ed presents three of his favorite interviews from his time on the show. You’ll take a deep dive into what the Confederacy means today, and learn about the newly opened Civil War Museum. Then, you’ll hear tape from a BackStory live show at the 150th anniversary of the liberation of Richmond, Virginia.