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  •  Jefferson is way overrated (3+ / 0-)
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    sawolf, MichaelNY, bumiputera

    His supposed conflicted feelings about slavery were nothing of the sort. He was an extremely strong supporter of slaveholding rights, and if anything grew more extreme. The CSA later held Jefferson up as a progenitor, and they really weren't wrong in that; he would almost certainly have supported secession had he been alive.

    Add to that his disastrous economic policies, his desire for an extremely limited federal government... he was not a great president. Influential - not great.

    Wilson was overrated and is now a tad underrated - his record was rightly corrected to reflect his failings on civil rights and civil liberties, but the backlash to him in the academy has arguably gone too far in the other direction, greatly downplaying his real achievements in the domestic sphere and blaming him for major elements of WWI that weren't his doing.

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