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Workers prepare to take down the Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017. This was the second of four Confederate monuments slated for removal in a contentious process that has sparked protests on both sides. (Gerald Herbert/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Workers prepare to take down the Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017. This was the second of four Confederate monuments slated for removal in a contentious process that has sparked protests on both sides. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Workers wearing bulletproof vests and helmets removed the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis before dawn on Thursday in New Orleans. The removal of the statue follows recent protests at the site by supporters and opponents of the monument.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Clemson University history professor Vernon Burton about why Civil War monuments that honor the Confederacy spark so much emotion.

This segment aired on May 11, 2017.

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