The lynchings Billie Holiday sang about so hauntingly in "Strange Fruit" did not take place in the 1830s but the 1930s. The freedom rides of the 1960s? Millions of Americans were still being denied the vote even then.
When we look at US foreign policy, we see the overthrowing of duly elected governments that the US didn't approve of and the propping up of unsavoury dictators who mouthed anti-communist rhetoric. No, the words written by the founding fathers were not noble, for they did not mean what at least some Americans now take them to mean.
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