John Kelly's Civil War History Fail Speaks to a Much Bigger Problem

11/1/2017 - Associate Professor of History Greg Downs at Salon.

If White House chief of staff John Kelly had any self-respect or integrity he would be embarrassed right now. Despite his distinguished service as a Marine Corps general, Kelly apparently jettisoned such values when he went to work for President Donald Trump.

I spoke to historian Gregory Downs, the author of After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War and a professor at the University of California, Davis. He offered additional context for Kelly's claims, saying they "reflect a regrettable but common way that Americans turn away from the centrality of slavery to the Civil War and the Confederate cause."

Read the full story at Salon.