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By William J. Bennett

America, how good have you learnt your history?

• Who quelled a coup d'etat via placing on a couple of examining glasses?
• Which U.S. senator was once approximately caned to loss of life at the Senate flooring?
• Which first girl refused to serve alcohol within the White residence?
• What recognized inventor was once referred to as to discover the assassin's bullet in President Garfield's again?
• Which profitable candidate for president insisted on telling the reality approximately his intercourse scandal?
• Which loved ex-president raced with loss of life and poverty to write down his best-selling memoirs and which well-known slapstick comedian got here to his rescue?
• Which president conscientiously learn the trial notes of 303 condemned Sioux warriors and spared all yet 38 from the hangman's noose?
• Which "four-eyed" destiny president beat up a drunken bully in a saloon?

In his Farewell tackle, Ronald Reagan stated if we put out of your mind what now we have performed, we'll omit who we're. This ebook, written through one among Reagan's so much dependable lieutenants, responds to Reagan's heartfelt demand an educated patriotism.

We all want to know extra approximately this land we adore. during this gripping story of a country, our country's earlier comes alive. here's the tale of these we selected to guide us and what they did with the extraordinary strength we gave them. subscribe to invoice Bennett for the nice experience. America's instructor will lead you on a voyage of discovery.

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-Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

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Several midwestern medical schools expelled blacks. 50 Berea College is hard to interpret. The justices declined to decide whether in general a state could compel the segregation of private schools. Instead, they held that because Berea College was a state-chartered corporation, restrictions could be imposed on it that would violate the Constitution if applied to individuals—a classic application of the rights-privileges distinction. One might have a constitutional right to attend, or to teach at, an integrated school, but there was no constitutional right to a corporate charter.

The absence of such a case, however, should raise no doubt as to what its outcome would have been. 53 Nineteenth-century public education was more segregated than was railroad transportation. Antebellum northern states segregated blacks or excluded them entirely from public schools. Only a few far-northern states, with minuscule black populations, permitted integration, and Massachusetts was alone in forbidding school segregation by law. Three more northern states—Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Michigan—integrated schools after the war, a reflection of the conflict’s egalitarian ideology.

But that migration slowed in succeeding decades, fostering greater racial tolerance, which was manifested in the enactment of laws forbidding segregation in public accommodations and in public schools. 60 The intense political competition that had facilitated bans on school segregation also lapsed. From 1874 until 1894, neither political party enjoyed a secure advantage in the lower North. Black populations as low as 1 or 2 percent could tip the balance, and both parties had incentives to bid for black votes.

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