"Truth is mighty & will eventually prevail": Political Correctness, Neo-Confederates, and Robert E. Lee

An article from Southern Cultures 17:3, The Memory Issue

By Peter S. Carmichael

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8276-4
    Published: September 2011

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“Truth is mighty & will eventually prevail”

Political Correctness, Neo-Confederates, and Robert E. Lee

by Peter S. Carmichael

Why do we argue—and argue—so much about Robert E. Lee?

“While northerners might appear comparatively apathetic about the memory of the Union cause, white southerners have been tenacious in searching for moral clarity in the past.”

About the Author

Peter S. Carmichael is the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of History and the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. He is the author and editor of four books, including The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion, and is currently finishing a cultural history of the common Civil War soldier and a study of Confederate slaves titled The War for the Common Soldier, forthcoming from UNC Press.
For more information about Peter S. Carmichael, visit the Author Page.