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Does It Matter That the President Knows Nothing About History? We Asked 3 Historians.

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e are frequently reminded that the most powerful people in our country have no knowledge of or interest in history. In fact, they frequently demonstrate outright disdain. Front of center, of course, is the president, whom nobody ever accused of reading a book.

Donald Trump has suggested that Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist icon who died in 1895, is “someone who has done an amazing job” and “is being recognized more and more.”

He weighed in on Abraham Lincoln: “Great president. Most people don’t even know that he’s a Republican, right? Does anyone know? A lot of people don’t know that.”

He marinated on the conflict that defined Lincoln’s presidency: “The Civil War, if you think about it, why?”

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