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During an interview Monday night on Fox News, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that "the lack of the ability to compromise led to the Civil War."

His comment was swiftly countered by confounded observers, who pointed out that the Civil War was fought over slavery and that compromising on slavery would be morally unconscionable — and that the country did strike such compromises for decades and they did not, in fact, prevent war.

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In the wake of a protest against a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, the meaning and the future of other such monuments throughout the South is being debated.  The fifty-six public spaces in the Commonwealth dedicated to the CSA  are no exception, and MSU  Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Bill Schell focuses on the statue of Robert E. Lee in Murray to offer some suggestions on a way forward.

Robert E. Lee Facing North: A brief History of Confederate Monuments

In an interview on SiriusXM Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump wondered aloud about why the Civil War wasn't "worked out" and whether Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the war started, could've prevented the bloodiest war in U.S. history.

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Louisville’s Confederate monument is heading to Brandenburg.

The Meade County seat is about 40 miles east of Louisville and home to a historical Civil War site.

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A non-profit organization is preserving part of Kentucky’s Civil War history.

Kentucky’s Civil War battlefields are in need of some spring cleaning. 

The Civil War Trust, a national non-profit, is looking for volunteers to help clean and restore ten landmarks in Kentucky on Saturday. 

"People do everything from picking up trash, lawn work, and minor repairs," said Meg Martin, communications manager for The Civil War Trust.  "They might clean signs, clear trails, things that will allow the sites to be better interpreted and provide better educational and recreational opportunities for the parks."

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If you're familiar with the American Civil War, you likely know the names Ulysses S. Grant, James Longstreet, and William Tecumseh Sherman.  They were among the men whose decisions and strategies charted the course of the war and ultimately, that of American history.  Charles Ferguson Smith is arguably no less important, but considerably less well-known.  And Plano, Texas history professor Allen Mesch is out to change that.

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Well told from the American Civil War are the stories of battles and heroic leaders. Among the lesser known stories are those of the farm families and their homesteads who found themselves struggling to survive in the midst of conflict. "It was a trying time," says Land Between the Lakes Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls. She speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good about what life was like for the farm families of western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee ahead of their reenactment event "Civil War Comes to the Homeplace" this Saturday.

Swim around enough in the oceanic photo archives of the Library of Congress and you will spot some strange things — including old doctored photos of two-headed humans and a man-monster superimposition.

But perhaps nothing as bizarre as this photo — labeled General Grant at City Point.

Look at it closely. Notice anything amiss?

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A little over two weeks ago, we spoke with two professors of Murray State's history department who were among the 72 Kentucky history professors who signed a letter calling for the removal of the statue of Confederate president and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis from the capitol rotunda in Frankfort. The letter went to Governor Steve Beshear and to the Kentucky Historical Properties Advisory Commission, which earlier this August voted 7-2 to keep the statue where it is. But that doesn't mean the debate is over. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Tom Hiter, former Director of Heritage Defense for the Sons of Confederate Veterans and longtime SCV member Dr. Don Duncan.

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