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White House chief of staff John Kelly raised eyebrows when he discussed the historical context of controversial monuments dedicated to Confederate figures in the US Civil War.

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The violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, in which one woman was killed and dozens more injured, stemmed from a protest led by white nationalists over the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed from their bases overnight, as crews using heavy machinery loaded them onto flat bed trucks and hauled them away, an end to more than a year of indecision surrounding what to do with the memorials.

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After hearing that white nationalists were gathering in Charlottesville this past weekend to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, I was disgusted. The issue hit way too close to home.

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Though die-hard Civil War buffs and history nerds can rattle off a list of famous Union and Confederate military leaders, there are two names that even laymen know: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Though their military careers are storied and well recorded, their personal lives, background, and post-Civil War lives are less known.

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