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To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way.

Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail?

Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.

Washington's character was rock solid. He came to stand for the new nation and its republican virtues, which was why he became our first President by unanimous choice.

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.

We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.

Who today is willing to say that Texas and California and the remainder of the Southwest would be better off if they were governed by Mexico?

Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War, or World War II were the turning points in our history, the sine qua non of our forward progress.

World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.

Writing is not the easiest way to make a living. Your work long hours, usually all by yourself. It is not a way to make money.

You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.

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