Friday, January 14, 2022
A new measure aimed at eliminating critical race theory in Virginia schools proposes teaching students about key documents in American history " including a debate between President Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist Frederick Douglass that never happened. The bill, introduced this week by freshman Delegate Wren Williams (R), appears to confuse Frederick Douglass with Sen. Stephen Douglas (D), who battled Lincoln for a seat in the Senate in 1858. It also says that Virginia students should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," the writings of the Founding Fathers, and "the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass." The only problem is that Lincoln and Douglass never debated. Lincoln debated Sen. Stephen Douglas (D).
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