A revealing new biography
of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870)
on the 200th anniversary of his birth

This page indexes a recent presentation in Arlington National Cemetery, at Arlington House, the home of Robert E. Lee, now under the aegis of the US National Park Service. The speaker is Elizabeth Brown Pryor, author of a new book, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters. After her talk, she entertained questions from the audience. Pryor's book is based on a huge cache of original letters by Lee, of which she had the privilege of first use outside of the Lee family. Pryor not only talks about Lee, but has a lot to say about the estate, and its remarkable metamorphosis from George Washington shrine to national military cemetery.

The full program runs almost 84 minutes and can be seen whole here. On this page, we extract 32 minutes of material, as 25 short segments, re-ordering the sequence of materials to improve topical consonance.

Setting: Arlington House (home of Robert E. Lee)
Date: May 19, 2007
Total time of excerpts 32:07

THE BOOK AND ITS AUTHOR

ARLINGTON HOUSE

THE CIVIL WAR

AFTER THE WAR

SLAVERY