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Robert E Lee

  • Originally published 09/19/2017

    The Making and the Breaking of the Legend of Robert E. Lee

    Eric Foner

    Whatever the fate of his statues and memorials, so long as the legacy of slavery continues to bedevil American society, it seems unlikely that historians will return Lee, metaphorically speaking, to his pedestal.

  • Originally published 06/06/2017

    The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

    Adam Serwer

    The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.