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How hate came to a progressive university town in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The white nationalists behind last weekend’s violent rally found an appealing target in the historic town where Thomas Jefferson founded a university and an outspoken, progressive mayor declared his city the “capital of the resistance” to President Trump. For more than a year, the Charlottesville government has also been engaged in contentious public soul-searching over its Confederate monuments, a process that led to the decision to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. All those factors made this community a symbolically powerful backdrop for what’s considered the largest white nationalist gathering in at least a decade. “We are a progressive, tolerant city.

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