Race and Racist Screeds

By Suzanne Fields - January 20, 2012

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Presidential campaigns are notorious for unleashing scurrilous rhetoric. Only George Washington was elected as an uncontroversial reflection of the nation's will. Then we got political parties, and it was downhill after that. By 1800, when John Adams had been president for four years, he was inundated by what he called "squibs, scoffs and sarcasms" -- nasty stuff imbedded in vicious attacks on...

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