Five days after white nationalists led a torchlit march through the University of Virginia’s campus, hundreds of people marched with candles to demonstrate their opposition to the violence that took place in Charlottesville. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
Nicole Hemmer is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and author of "Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics." She is a co-editor of The Post's daily historical analysis section, Made by History.

The battle for Charlottesville last weekend was fundamentally a battle about our history: what it means and how we commemorate it.

Now more than ever, we need to understand how all of this — the symbols, the statues, the violence, the racism and the activism — has been made by history.

In the wake of Charlottesville, we’ve worked with some of the nation’s most thought-provoking historians to explore the various elements of the history that made this week’s events. We’re gathering all of that content here to make it easier for people to find and share.

Donald Trump is no friend to black activists. They should engage him anyway. (Megan Ming Francis)

What would Jefferson say about white supremacists descending upon his university? (Ibram X. Kendi)

Well-educated elites are no strangers to white supremacy (Christopher Petrella)

After Charlottesville, Republicans must grapple with their history on race (Brian Rosenwald)

Charlottesville showed that liberalism can’t defeat white supremacy. Only direct action can. (N.D.B. Connolly)

How the British defeated homegrown fascism — and how Americans can do the same (Katherine Pickering Antonova)

No, Mr. President, both sides aren’t to blame for Charlottesville — or the Civil War (Elizabeth R. Varon)

Who are the antifa? (Mark Bray)

Worshiping the Confederacy is about white supremacy — even the Nazis thought so (Nina Silber)

What to do with Confederate monuments: Seven lessons from Germany (Yuliya Komska)

When white supremacists strike, police don’t always strike back (Dan Berger)