Political Rewind: Author Ty Seidule On Reckoning With U.S. History, Myth Of 'The Lost Cause'


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Monday on Political Rewind: It’s been more than 150 years since Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Va., effectively ending the Civil War. But that conflict refuses to rest easily in history. To this day, some argue why the war was fought, while a larger battle rages over how the nation honors those who led a rebellion against their own country. As a young boy, West Point professor of history Ty Seidule was taught stories about the glorious lost cause of the South and his hero was Robert E. Lee. During a childhood spent in Alexandria, Va., and Walton County, Ga., Seidule lived in a bubble, unaware of the dark history of the horrific treatment of Black communities. He tells the riveting story of his coming to terms with U.S. history in a new book, "Robert E. Lee and Me." Panelists: Retired Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule — Chamberlain Fellow and Visiting Professor of History at Hamilton College, Author of "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause," Department of Defense Representative on Confederate Base Naming Commission Jim Galloway — Former Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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