On Michele Bachmann’s Must-Read List: Book On Robert E. Lee That Defends Slavery After signing a pledge, part of which asserts that blacks were better off under slavery, we find out that on her “must-read” list is Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee, which includes this passage: . Slavery, as it operated in the pervasively Christian society which was the old South, was not an adversarial relationship founded on racial animosity. In fact, it bred on the whole, not contempt, but, over time, mutual respect. This produced a mutual esteem of the sort that always results when men give themselves to a common cause. . The credit for this startling reality must go to the Christian faith. So, does Michele Bachmann agree with this and if so, is it based on her religious beliefs?