Political commentator, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza puts forth the notion that America’s history is being replaced by another version in which plunder and exploitation are the defining characteristics. D’Souza also posits that the way the country understands the past will determine the future. Using historic re-enactments, D’Souza explores the lives and sacrifices of some of America’s greatest heroes, including George Washington and Frederick Douglass.
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