Ty and I discuss his new book Robert E. Lee and Me, the myth of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy and its creation and perpetuation, how telling his own personal story is more impactful than just sharing his views, why questioning history distresses and unsettles people, and much more.
Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause can be purchased at Murder by the Book.
Ty’s 3 recommended reads are:
- The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory by Adam Domby
- Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
- The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson
Other books referenced in this episode are Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson.
Thanks to Gene Rontal for sponsoring this episode. His mystery A Pre-Existing Condition can be purchased here.