White House Chief of Staff John Kelly set off a firestorm when he claimed the “lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War" and called Confederate general Robert E. Lee "an honorable man." Critics like Ta-Nahesi Coates blasted Kelly's statement as shameful and racist historical revisionism. Kelly's defenders say we can't judge history through a modern lens, but others insist we have every right to judge a slaveowner who led a bloody rebellion. What do you think?
Was Robert E. Lee an "honorable man"?
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