Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

DVD - 2010
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Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. This film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2010
ISBN: 9781608833900
Branch Call Number: 973.73092 LEE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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tim23
Sep 14, 2013

I liked this overall, but feel that it struggled to get at the under-the-surface story of Lee. It does provide plenty of facts about his life for you to draw your own conclusions about the man. From the modern perspective, which I know is a dangerous thing to bring to bear on a historical figure, it is hard to understand the Romantic notion with which his life has been imbued. He did, after all, side with a system that went to war to uphold slavery. His family did not free their slaves, and in fact, the film makes clear that he was a stern slave master with no compassion for his slaves.

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akirakato
Dec 10, 2012

When Virginia declared its secession from the Union in April 1861, Lee chose to follow his home state, despite his personal desire for the Union to stay intact and despite the fact that President Abraham Lincoln had offered Lee command of a Union Army.
Apparently, he made the hardest decision in his life on which way he should step into---home state or the Union.
Once he decided to go along with the South, his hair suddenly grew white.
Since the end of the Civil War, it has often been suggested Lee was in some sense opposed to slavery.
In the period following the war, Lee became a central figure in the Lost Cause interpretation of the war.
The argument that Lee had always somehow opposed slavery helped maintain his stature as a symbol of Southern honor and national reconciliation.
If you're an American history nerd, this film certainly gives you tons of enlightening and thought-provoking info.

aaa5756 Jul 07, 2012

Very well done movie I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

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