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America has been ignoring a crucial tie between Nazi Germany and the Confederate South for generations

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It's easy to see a simple connection between the people waving Nazi flags and Confederate flags in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Saturday.
You can say it's racism and leave it at that.
But the truth of that matter is that racism is just one of the parallels Nazis Germany and the Confederate South share, and it may not even be the most important one. While most Americans are quick to accept that Hitler's Nazis were a government hell bent on spreading fascism throughout the world, they're slower to accept the same about...
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AP Explains: How Robert E. Lee went from hero to racist icon

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Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee was vilified during the Civil War only to become a heroic symbol of the South's "Lost Cause" - and eventually a racist icon. His transformation, at the center of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, reflects the changing moods in the United States around race, mythology and national reconciliation, historians say. Lee monuments, memorials and schools in his name erected at the turn of the 20th Century are now facing scrutiny amid a demographically changing nation.
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AP Explains: How Robert E. Lee went from hero to racist icon

5 days ago   |   By

Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee was vilified during the Civil War only to become a heroic symbol of the South's "Lost Cause" - and eventually a racist icon.
A son of American Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, Robert E. Lee graduated second in his class at West Point and distinguished himself in various battles during the U.S.-Mexico War.
Lee accepted a leadership role in the Confederate forces although he had little experience leading troops.
A career army officer, Lee didn't have much wealth, but he inherited a few slaves from his mother.
When Lee's father-in-law...
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AP Explains: How Robert E. Lee went from hero to racist icon

5 days ago   |   By

Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee was vilified during the Civil War only to become a heroic symbol of the South's “Lost Cause” - and eventually a racist icon.
His transformation, at the centre of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, reflects the changing moods in the United States around race, mythology and national reconciliation, historians say.
Lee monuments, memorials and schools in his name erected at the turn of the 20th Century are now facing scrutiny amid a demographically changing nation.
But who was Robert E. Lee beyond the myth? Why are there memorials in his...
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