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This is the grave of Mary Custis Lee. Born in 1807, Mary Custis was born into the highest ranking of the Virginia elite. She was Martha Washington’s great-granddaughter after all. She was very close to her father, George Washington Parke Custis, who built the mansion at Arlington to honor the great man, who had adopted […]
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It’s just so hard to be a dead Confederate today. No one loves you anymore. No one wants to name things after treasonous slaveholders or the northern politicians who facilitated their slave system. The New Orleans City Council has voted 6-1 to remove four Confederate and neo-Confederate monuments from the city, including one memorializing a […]

A Partial Victory

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On August 16, 2015

The University of Texas did a good thing by deciding to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from public display on campus and move it into its US history museum. But the decision to keep up the Robert E

Kindly Old Robert E. Lee

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On July 23, 2014
Robert E. Lee was a kind slavemaster, certainly not the type of man who represents all that was inhumane about the Confederacy: Lee married into ownership of nearly 200 slaves at Arlington and adjoining properties. Pryor forthrightly confronts this side of Lee’s life; he disliked slavery and found it a burden, but he was no […]

On Lee…

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On August 28, 2012

The tangle between Robert E. Lee imagery, Confederacy worship, white supremacy, and human rights is far too complex to take on in anything shorter than a three volume set (although here’s a scre

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