The Untold Story of Robert E. Lee — Allen Guelzo
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It’s the story of Robert E. Lee like you’ve never heard it … American historian Allen Guelzo pulls from thousands of letters written by the controversial Civil War general to tackle his life from a new angle. Guelzo joins host Charles Mizrahi to discuss what people get wrong about Lee and the real reason he chose to fight for the Confederacy.

Topics Discussed:

  • An Introduction to Allen Guelzo (00:00:00)
  • Stratford Hall (00:02:57)
  • Allen’s Inspiration (00:6:21)
  • Seeing Lee in a New Light (00:13:16)
  • Unearthing Lee’s Letters (00:20:51)
  • An Act of Treason (00:25:00)
  • Why Lee Chose the Confederacy (00:28:37)
  • Left Out of the Will (00:43:40)
  • Cleansing the Lee Name (00:48:04)
  • An Imposing Man (00:53:25)
  • Judgment and Compassion (01:02:45)

Guest Bio:

Allen Guelzo is an American historian, bestselling author, and senior research scholar at Princeton University. He’s at the forefront of Civil War-era scholarship and specializes in the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. His books on Lincoln have won numerous awards. And his most recent title (below) takes a new look at Civil War general Robert. E. Lee.



Resources Mentioned:

· Robert E. Lee: A Life


Transcript:

https://charlesmizrahi.com/podcast/


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