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Howdy, Pilgrim
Angela Davis on ”Finding Your Roots” (John F. Gately/YouTube)

Angela Davis bought the guns used in a courthouse raid that murdered a judge, and she later served as Gus Hall’s running mate on the Communist Party presidential ticket. But the former member of the FBI’s Most Wanted list also hails from, much to her displeasure, a patrician lineage.

“Did you ever in your wildest dreams think you descended from the people who laid the foundations for this country?” Henry Louis Gates asks the professor on his PBS show Finding Your Roots. Davis laughs in disbelief and repeats, “Never.”

Gates informs her that William Brewster, the only college graduate among the pilgrims and the likely author of the Mayflower Compact, came before her in her family line.

Speaking of lines, remember the one about how we didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, but Plymouth Rock landed on us? Well, it’s not exactly true in the case of Angela Davis. 

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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website,   
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