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For Candidates, Columbus Day Parade Is Full of Politics

Monday, October 14, 2013

At the Columbus Day parade, mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota celebrated their Italian heritage and participated in some political pageantry.

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The Takeaway

Educators Amend Columbus Day Lessons in Schools

Monday, October 11, 2010

Columbus Day is one of only 10 federal holidays, and in most schools across the country, it's recognized as a celebration of the man who discovered America. For many Americans, Christopher Columbus is a hero.

But in recent years, educators, politicians and scholars have argued that the conventional teaching of the holiday offers a lionizing myth of Columbus, and that students should be made aware of the uglier truths that followed his arrival in the Americas.

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