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The Norman Rockwell vision you have of colonial America is not just simplistic, it’s pernicious, and it’s deeply ignorant of actual history.

Unfortunately, widespread ignorance of American history, but with self-righteous assumption of familiarity with it, is one of the major problems with our society today and one of the hallmarks of the "alternative fact" sect. Recently, we even had a senatorial candidate from Alabama with these same ideas about American history and how much better life would have been in ante-bellum America. Happily, he lost. When these views are pervasive, however, we all lose a sense of the progress our society has made in the last 150 years.

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