Back When We Were Grownups

Who is Robert E. Lee from Back When We Were Grownups: A Novel and what is their importance?

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A leader of the Southern (Confederate) armies in the American Civil War, Lee was the focus of Rebecca's historical research while she was in university. The scope and effects of his military career are beyond the focus of this analysis, and indeed of the book. He is an important character simply because the book quotes one of his more famous statements on the subject of slavery, "emancipation would come about on its own, in the natural course of events".