The American History Podcast

A Program Of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Best of BackStory

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.