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Why Lee Should Go, and Washington Should Stay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — I grew up on Missionary Ridge, a Civil War battlefield overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee. In my childhood we could still find Minié balls from the battle in which a young Union soldier, Arthur MacArthur, the father of Douglas, received the Medal of Honor. The war’s relics were real and tangible — I still have a few on my desk as I write — and so were the war’s perennial and tragic consequences.

I remember the smoke rising from downtown riots in 1980 after an all-white jury acquitted two Ku Klux Klansmen in the drive-by

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