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Harding and Civil Rights

Ilya Somin argues that Warren Harding is an underrated president, citing among other things W.E.B. DuBoise's praise for his progressive record on civil rights.

Conventional understanding in the United States tends to view racial issues as just frozen in time between the Civil War amendments and Brown v. Board of Education but there was in fact vibrant debate and non-trivial change during the intervening 80-100 years. Woodrow Wilson's administration, for example, actually took positive steps to entrench segregation more deeply than it previously had been, there were failed efforts at anti-lynching legislation in the 1920s, etc.