A Tour of the Capitol Rotunda Paintings for the Fourth of July

Robert W. Weir’s Embarkation of the Pilgrims, 1843 (Architect of the Capitol)
On this holiday celebrating our beginnings, today’s raging, bored, and bossy mob may need a dose of history paintings.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ince it’s the Fourth of July, I’m going to write about history, and, man, Woodrow Wilson’s racist patootie on a spike puts a spring in my step. Princeton stripped the name of its long-ago president from its public-affairs school. He was our worst U.S. president for long-term damage.

I don’t mind tenured college professors, but, as self-important fonts of naïveté as well as specialist knowledge, they’re best kept on a short leash. Ivory towers, after all, breed a sense of unreality that can cause more harm than good. They’re not known as places where common sense thrives.

Wilson wanted to remake the

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