Kelly Was 'Stupid' About the Civil War. You Don't Have to Be
Ta-Nehisi Coates recommends 5 books to make you 'unstupid'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2017 4:04 PM CDT
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Chief of staff John Kelly's explanation for the Civil War this week was "incredibly stupid," Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in the "Atlantic."   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, said Monday that "the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War." It was, as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in the Atlantic, "an incredibly stupid thing to say" and "built on a long tradition of endorsing stupidity in hopes of making Americans stupid about their own history." That's why Coates has compiled a list of five books on the Civil War to "get you to unstupid." Reading these books, the gist of which is that the Civil War was about the horrific institution of slavery, can immediately make you "less stupid than some of the most powerful people in the West Wing." Here's Coates' reading list:

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