We’re whitewashing the history of our founding. It’s fueling problems today.

Perhaps in an effort to protect the legacy of George Washington, this year’s list ignores works that address the complicated relationship of the first president and his contemporaries with slavery and enslaved people, native people and women during the revolutionary era.

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Eugenics, power and prejudice: Why America had a Nazi problem before Charlottesville

These laws resulted in up to 70,000 people being sterilised against their will throughout the last century, in over 30 states. In men, this meant being given a vasectomy; for women it involved a hysterectomy or having your fallopian “tubes tied” or clamped.

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