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General Ty Seidule On Our Responsibility To Study, Understand And Grapple With History



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Ryan speaks with Ty Seidule about his book Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause, Henry Flipper and the less-told story of the aftermath of the Civil War and slavery in America, the importance of choosing carefully who to commemorate, how to grapple with challenging family history, and more.

Ty Seidule is a retired United States Army brigadier general, the former head of the history department at the United States Military Academy, the first professor emeritus of history at West Point, and the inaugural Joshua Chamberlain Fellow at Hamilton College. He has published numerous books, articles, and videos on military history including the award-winning West Point History of the Civil War. Ty graduated from Washington and Lee University and holds a PhD from the Ohio State University. Ty’s work can be found on his website:

📚 For more reading on the Civil War, check out Bruce Catton’s classics.

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