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The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee


The books in this list are a great place to learn about demystifying Robert E. Lee and gaining a deeper understanding of the insidiousness of systemic racism and white privilege. These aren’t required reading, but they are deeply informative and can help equip you for hard conversations with friends who may be persuaded to join us. 

The books in this list are sourced from members’ suggestions. Variously, these books will give you the information you need to demystify Robert E. Lee and understand the insidiousness of systemic racism and white privilege.

The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee

The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case against an American Icon, by John Reeves. 2018.

In this book, Civil War historian John Reeves illuminates the incredible turnaround in attitudes towards the defeated general by examining the evolving case against him from 1865 to 1870 and beyond. (Source Amazon)


Reading the Man

Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters, by Elizabeth Brown Pryor. 2008.

Using dozens of previously unpublished letters as departure points, Pryor produces a stunning personal account of Lee’s military ability, shedding new light on every aspect of the complex and contradictory general’s life story. (Source: Amazon review)Gutentor Advanced Text

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