Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 7:00 PM
Atlanta History Center on Zoom
In his new book, journalist Connor Towne O’Neill delves into the legacy of white supremacy in America as he recounts the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford.
The Atlanta History Center welcomes the author for a virtual discussion of “Down Along With That Devil’s Bones” with Founder, President & CEO of The Baton Foundation, Anthony Knight.
This event is free and open to the public. Join the event via the link below.
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About the Book
When O’Neill first moved to Alabama, as a white Northerner, he felt somewhat removed from the racism Confederate monuments represented. Then one day in Selma, he stumbled across a group of citizens protecting a monument to Forrest, the officer who became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and whom William Tecumseh Sherman referred to as “that devil.” O’Neill sets off to visit other disputed memorials to Forrest across the South, talking with men and women who believe they are protecting their heritage, and those who have a different view of the man’s poisonous history.
O’Neill’s reporting and thoughtful, deeply personal analysis make it clear that white supremacy is not a regional affliction but is in fact coded into the DNA of the entire country. “Down Along With That Devil’s Bones” presents an important and eye-opening account of how we got from Appomattox to Charlottesville, and where, if we can truly understand and transcend our past, we could be headed next.
About the Author
Connor Towne O’Neill’s writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, RBMA, and the Village Voice, and he works as a producer on the NPR podcast “White Lies.” Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives in Auburn, Alabama, where he teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. This is his first book.