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WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA 02135-2016)
Mark Samels (Project Director: August 2008 to present)

Robert E. Lee

Production of a two-hour television program with accompanying website for the American Experience that examines the life of Robert E. Lee.

This is a request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for funds to support the production of ???Robert E. Lee,??? a two-hour special presentation of American Experience, for national broadcast on PBS. It examines the life and reputation of the Confederacy???s pre-eminent general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and who was elevated to almost godlike status by his admirers after his death. It examines a number of dimensions of an extraordinary life and an enigmatic personality, looking at Lee as a son; as a Virginian and a Southerner; as a Christian; as a soldier; as a symbol; and most fundamentally, as a man. Spanning the 19th century, from Lee???s birth to his apotheosis, it tells the story of how Lee rose from a genteel background shadowed by paternal disgrace to become the unchallenged hero of the white Southern cause.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$550,000 (approved)
$550,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2009 – 8/31/2010