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Presentism is the application of present-day values and standards to earlier eras. It has commonly been used unfairly to pass judgment on historical figures, but recent scholarship has fortunately tended to avoid this error.

An example of presentism is the effort to remove the name of Woodrow Wilson from the campus of Princeton University, despite how he has long been one of its most revered historical figures.[1] The reason for the movement to erase him from campus is that when he was President of the United States he excluded African Americans from civil service.[1]


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