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General Robert E Lee: US Civil War rebel: Lee was charged with treason, so why did Congress reinstate his citizenship in 1975?

General Robert E Lee: US Civil War rebel: Lee was charged with treason, so why did Congress reinstate his citizenship in 1975?

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General Robert E Lee: US Civil War rebel: Lee was charged with treason, so why did Congress reinstate his citizenship in 1975?

A partire dalWitness History

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12 minuti
Pubblicato:
Feb 5, 2021
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The US Civil War of 1861-65 left 700,000 troops dead. The Southern Confederate states rebelled against the Union of the North because the Confederates wanted to protect the right to own slaves. The hero of the rebel cause, General Robert E Lee, was charged with treason and had his citizenship revoked. So why did Congress reinstate his citizenship in 1975 more than one hundred years after his death? Claire Bowes has been speaking to former Democrat Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman who was one of just ten members of Congress to vote against the rehabilitation of General Lee and to John Reeves author of the book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E Lee. They describe how the proposal, put forward by a pro-segregationist Senator from Virginia, passed without even the mention of slavery.

Photo: General Robert E Lee courtesy of the Library of Congress
Pubblicato:
Feb 5, 2021
Formato:
Episodio podcast