The Robert E. Lee Episode
The American Civil War did not end ambiguously—it ended in complete military defeat for the South. And yet for a century and a half, it is the losers—the men who took up arms against the United States to defend the cause of human enslavement—were honoured as American heroes. None more so than Robert E. Lee. Now the immense statue of Lee that stood on Monument Avenue in Richmond has been removed. Why now? And why was it there so long? Adam talks to Ty Seidule, Emeritus Professor of History at West Point and retired Brigadier General in the US Army, about what Lee meant to him as a white boy growing up in Virginia—and what Lee means to him now.
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