America's Slaveholder Past Should Be Erased From Its Currency

Recent years have seen a new trend in the American polity: the push for the removal of offensive vestiges of the country's history of slavery.

To an outsider, this might seem like a non-issue. After all, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed over 150 years ago, freeing the slaves and presumably setting them on a rapid path to equality.

To an insider, of course, that assumption is known to be naïve nonsense. The century following 1863 saw the replacement of one form of slavery with...

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