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America Is Still Hearing The 'Last Shots Fired' In The Civil War, Author Says09:31Download

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The Confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina state house on July 8, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
The Confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina state house on July 8, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Journalist Christopher Dickey (@csdickey) published "Our Man In Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent In The Civil War South," in 2015. The book looks at slavery through the eyes of a British agent who served in South Carolina before and during the war.

Dickey spoke with Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd in July 2015 — in the wake of the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina — about the book, the Confederate battle flag's history and how the Civil War continues to shape America today.

"I think we've had to recognize that the South is changing really dramatically," Dickey said. "And the scars left by the war, some of the scars left by slavery and some of the scars left by the occupation of the South by the North after the war, those are fading now as the South picks itself up and moves on."

This segment aired on November 24, 2016.

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