Why Robert E. Lee Should Be Melted Down

I have a special interest in the controversy surrounding the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia. As many of you know, I lived and taught high school history in Charlottesville for eleven years from 2000 to 2011. Local Civil War sites, including its monuments, served as an extension of my classroom. I regularly led tours of the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments downtown and taught my students how to interpret them as a reflection of both history and memory.

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