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Give Thanks for America's Increasing Fairness

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29.11.2019

It's Thanksgiving week in a country whose warring political tribes are not much inclined to giving thanks. But any American with a reasonable historic perspective can easily find reasons to do so.

For one thing, it's clear that we are a much fairer nation than we were in the past. Women, black Americans, immigrants and minorities of any perceptible kind are treated more fairly and in a more friendly manner than was the case within the memory of many of us now living.

Evidence of this comes from the strained attempts of those who criticize the country and desperately insist that things are just as bad as they ever were. The New York Times' The 1619 Project, for example, insists that anti-black racism is the central theme of American history. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates seems to argue that American racism is as strong today as ever -- and always will be.

A more sensible estimate comes via an interview by World Socialist Web Site's Tom Mackaman of Princeton historian James McPherson, the nation's premier Civil War historian. The Times, surprisingly, did not interview McPherson for its 1619 Project articles, which he called "a very unbalanced, one-sided account."

Slavery and racism were part of the American story, he argued, but so........

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