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Looking to America's past to find a path for the future

Historian Simon Schama. Historian Simon Schama. (PBS)
By Glenn Altschuler
May 24, 2009

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"This is the time to stand for things that are close to the American spirit," George McGovern proclaimed in 1972 as he accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. McGovern promised to take on wasteful military spending, entrenched special interests, prejudice based on race and sex, and the despair of the old and sick. "Come home America," he pleaded, "to the ideals that nourished us from the beginning." (Full article: 865 words)

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