John Messeder


It turns out, many of my historical champions have turned out to be racist. Or misogynistic. Or both. Who knew?

High school history classes taught me many half truths about my heroes: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, for instance, created a land of equality for all.

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and has spent much of his life traveling the world and interacting with people of a multitude of cultures. He currently lives in Gettysburg and may be contacted at

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