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The Marble Man: Robert E. Lee and His Image in American Society

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 1978 by Lsu Press (first published January 1st 1977)
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Keith
Aug 14, 2011 Keith rated it liked it
This book charts Robert E. Lee’s rise from famous general to an almost cultish figure after the Civil War and to the present day. The book does not argue whether Lee deserves this status, but instead charts the making of a myth.

After the Civil War, Lee was admired in the South, but not overly adored. That adoration was reserved for Stonewall Jackson. However, after Lee’s death, ex officers of his army started making the myth of Lee as the perfect man. In part, they were trying to justify how a “
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Jim Drewery
Oct 28, 2013 Jim Drewery rated it really liked it
It seems only fitting the issue of bias in historical writing be addressed at the outset of this essay, for it is this issue which is at the core of Thomas Connelly's thesis in The Marble Man. Since in his estimation the majority of what had previously been published about Robert E. Lee was clearly and exceedingly biased, having been written by individuals with ulterior motives and objectives. While he does a splendid job of affirmatively arguing this point, a closer look at Connelly's work as a ...more
Mark Cathey
Aug 26, 2014 Mark Cathey rated it it was amazing
Re-read August 2014. A fantastic study of symbols and of the evolution of myth over time. Lee, originally one of three stand-out Southern generals, became a Christ like figure for the South, then a national symbol. Connelly is a great writer and actually holds Lee in pretty high esteem. A haunting and very sympathetic epilogue chapter proves his bona fides.
Jim
Apr 30, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
Was reminded the other day that I had read this book in my early historical career, and then went to the university the author taught at, though I missed ever taking a class from him.
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