General Robert E, Lee: Hero or Traitor?

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    I was listening to a debate this morning on Boston radio with James C. Cobb, distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia and Natasha Trethewey, a poet and a professor of creative writing at Emory University.

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    Robert E. Lee unquestionably became an American Icon after the Civil war was over.

    President Ulysses S. Grant lauded him, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said he was “unsullied as he read the pages of history.”

    But as the nation stares hard at the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States has the hagiography of some of the battlefield commanders obscured the cause of the war: human bondage?

    This hour On Point: Robert E. Lee Revisited.

    The Myth And Legend Of Robert E. Lee | On Point with Tom Ashbrook
     
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    Traitor.

    Arlington Cemetary..while a nice Ironic punishment..didn't go nearly far enough.
     
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    Does he get any slack because at that period in our history people were more loyal to their states?
     
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    Naw.

    He believed in a Gentry Class. He also swore an oath to the United States when he entered the Military.

    I have a little more sympathy for the rubes that didn't have slaves, but thought they were defending their homes. Some Rebels couldn't give two shits about slaves.
     
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    Should he have been hung after the war?
     
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    Legally he should have hung for treason as he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution.

    Heroic b/c he stood up against what he thought was a tyrant in Lincoln.

    Through 21st centurary eyes he was a ruthless fuck that wanted to keep people as property and killed his fellow man to do so.

    Hell, even the History and Military channels shit on him now. His military and leadership skills seem to have been over rated by history.
     
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    Yep.

    But honestly..it probably wasn't possible.

    Unless you were going to get really punitive on the South in general..reconcilation dictated that kindness to be shown to adversaries.

    In the long run..it really didn't matter. He died shortly after the war..a beaten and broken man.
     
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    Execution would have been a mercy.

    Everything was taken from him.
     
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    It seems rencent history is more critical of him. But speaking of Licoln there is a good case (judging by today's standards) to make of him being a war criminal for what he and his generals did to the south.
     
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    He really was a big help in bringing the north and south back together after a bitter fight.
     

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