- Kevin Baker: Americans should remember their country's full history of oppression and innovation
- Some of the most oppressed groups have been the cornerstone of American reinvention, he writes
Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist whose books include "Dreamland" and the best-selling "Paradise Alley." His most recent book is "America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World" (Artisan Books). Unless otherwise noted, facts here reflect that book's research. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.
(CNN)History can be a harsh mirror for America.