America’s History Of Fear

The more things change, the more they remain the same.  We have to hope that the demagogues of today fade away like those of the past.

Followers of these movements against Irish, Germans, Italians, Chinese and other immigrants were mostly decent, well-meaning people trying to protect their country. But they were manipulated by demagogues playing upon their fears — the 19th- and 20th-century equivalents of Glenn Beck.

Read the Op-Ed here by Nicholas D. Kristof in the NYTimes.

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