In recent weeks, the news in the United States has been filled with stories of statues and public spaces being altered or removed. These stories are usually connected with America’s racist past, with a particular eye towards the issue of slavery. Is the United States haunted by its racist past? What can it do to overcome this history? Doug Becker speaks with Jessica Auchter.

Jessica Auchter is a UC Foundation Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is an expert in International Relations and is the author of The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations.



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