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  • She said it is true that Lee regarded slavery as an "unfortunate institution" but that view was primarily because of the harmful ways slavery affected whites.

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  • "There's a lot of justifying; you can see that this is a very troubled mind, as we can imagine," Ms. Pryor said. "It would almost have been strange to go through that experience with the disappointment he did and have not been troubled."

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