Robert E. Lee and the Question of Loyalty

Here’s Gary Gallagher delivering the Augustus M. Burns Memorial Lecture at the University of Florida.

The video’s description tells us, “More than 150 years after the end of the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee remains a source of fascination and controversy. Was he a loyal Virginian, swept up in a bloody Civil War against his will? Is he better understood as an elite slaveholder, who led armies into the field in defense of a racist society? Was he a symbol of nobility and honor, or a traitor? These questions about the past loom large in contemporary conversations about the memory and commemoration of the Confederacy.”

This is another outstanding presentation.

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One comment

  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Thanks Al. Another great presentation. But then I’m very partial to Gary Gallagher. I think he could read the ticker tape results from the New York Stock Exchange and make them sound interesting.

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