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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    My Great Great Grandfather was a slave that was freed by Lee in 1859
    Keep posting this shit long enough and you might even start to believe it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    It's nice to take time to contemplate the lives of two giants of non-violence and equality.
    You know... both men led large marches in various parts of the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    You do know Lee was anti slavery Right.. My Great Great Grandfather was a slave that was freed by Lee in 1859
    Robert E. Lee's Opinion Regarding Slavery
    You better read that letter over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    You do know Lee was anti slavery Right...
    That wouldn't change the fact that Lee led armies against his own country, to kill Americans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davocrat View Post
    Huh?

    Wow you're touchy. I typed: That's a cool fact, TN, and it's very ironic since Lee fought to preserve slavery. So I'm acknowledging the uniqueness of what TN offered for the group and then I'm point out a historical fact.

    After that, I say that I'm glad TN's ancestor was freed. Does it not follow that had he NOT been freed, TN might not have been born? Have you not seen "Back to the Future"?

    What's your beef?
    I'd have to agree with mr blount on this one.

    Few figures in American history are more divisive, contradictory or elusive than Robert E. Lee, the reluctant, tragic leader of the Confederate Army, who died in his beloved Virginia at age 63 in 1870, five years after the end of the Civil War. In a new biography, Robert E. Lee, Roy Blount, Jr., treats Lee as a man of competing impulses, a “paragon of manliness” and “one of the greatest military commanders in history,” who was nonetheless “not good at telling men what to do.”

    Blount, a noted humorist, journalist, playwright and raconteur, is the author or coauthor of 15 previous books and the editor of Roy Blount’s Book of Southern Humor. Aresident of New York City and western Massachusetts, he traces his interest in Lee to his boyhood in Georgia. Though Blount was never a Civil War buff, he says “every Southerner has to make his peace with that War. I plunged back into it for this book, and am relieved to have emerged alive.”

    “Also,” he says, “Lee reminds me in some ways of my father.”

    At the heart of Lee’s story is one of the monumental choices in American history: revered for his honor, Lee resigned his U.S. Army commission to defend Virginia and fight for the Confederacy, on the side of slavery. “The decision was honorable by his standards of honor—which, whatever we may think of them, were neither self-serving nor complicated,” Blount says. Lee “thought it was a bad idea for Virginia to secede, and God knows he was right, but secession had been more or less democratically decided upon.” Lee’s family held slaves, and he himself was at best ambiguous on the subject, leading some of his defenders over the years to discount slavery’s significance in assessments of his character. Blount argues that the issue does matter: “To me it’s slavery, much more than secession as such, that casts a shadow over Lee’s honorableness.”.....




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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    That wouldn't change the fact that Lee led armies against his own country, to kill Americans.
    Lee's "own country" was virginia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    You know... both men led large marches in various parts of the country.
    So, you're answering your own posts now?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    To me its slavery, much more than secession as such, that casts a shadow over Lees honorableness......
    I like the part you bolded. I wondered why you didn't bold this part though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    An estimated 300,000 marchers marched in this MLK Day Parade.




    Not one rebel flag in sight.


    There is no dual holiday. Segregationists can honor whomever whenever...But don't call it a holiday.


    Sedition and Treason are not honorable.
    It's been over 100 years. I think it's time for people to let go of the hate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    Ha ha ha - it took me a minute to realize that you didn't mean me (Wrong Tennessee person)

    Here's the story about having brine rubbed on the backs of his recently whipped slaves:



    Civil War Stories: The Fugitive Slaves of Robert E. Lee | Crossroads of War
    I would never insult you like that...

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