Letters To The Editor

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While I realize that Robert E. Lee was an important historical figure, he was the leader of forces that tried to overthrow the U.S. Government, and therefore no more deserving of adulation than Osama Bin Laden. Lee may have been a brilliant general, but by today’s standards, he was a terrorist. Thousands of Americans were killed by his troops, and many more thousands would have remained enslaved if his campaigns had succeeded. I’m sure that other African-American subscribers are as annoyed as I am by the praise heaped upon him. 
—Hosea L. Martin
Chicago, IL
 
Correction: In “Remembering “David Halberstam” by Russell Baker, we failed to acknowledge that the piece was excerpted from the afterword of The Coldest Winter: 
America and the Korea War with permission from Hyperion.