TheMysteriousStranger: He was certainly better than most from that time, but the text is most definitely racist.
Gyrfalcon: Harding wasn't so much a bad person as he was inept. He thought his poker buddies would make great Cabinet secretaries. His presidency played out like a more destructive Three Stooges movie, but there's no evidence he was actively evil.
HairBolus: >  Indeed, we will be wise to recognize it as wider yet. Whoever will take the time to read and ponder Mr. Lothrop Stoddard's book on The Rising Tide of Color, or, say, the thoughtful review of some recent literature of this question which Mr. F. D. Lugard presented in a recent Edinburg Review, must realize that our race problem here in the United States is only a phase of a race issue that the whole world confronts. Surely we shall gain nothing by blinking the fact, by refusing to give thought to them.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lothrop_StoddardTheodore Lothrop Stoddard (June 29, 1883 - May 1, 1950) was an American historian, journalist, political scientist, white supremacist, and white nationalist. Stoddard wrote several books which advocated eugenics and scientific racism, including The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy (1920). He advocated a racial hierarchy which he believed needed to be preserved through anti-miscegenation laws.He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, where his books were recommended reading.[
pehvbot: Republican Presidents were elected without the (solidly Democratic) South, but they couldn't get nominated without the Southern Republicans, many of them were black. They paid lip service to racial issues and occasionally did stuff that was marginally less racist. I don't remember Harding actually doing anything.
Pharmdawg: pehvbot: Republican Presidents were elected without the (solidly Democratic) South, but they couldn't get nominated without the Southern Republicans, many of them were black. They paid lip service to racial issues and occasionally did stuff that was marginally less racist. I don't remember Harding actually doing anything.Iirc, he once got a heaping helping of sweet brown sugar.
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