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HS Kids Take Color-Blind View of History

Women, blacks dominate students' list of famous Americans
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2008 1:20 PM CST
HS Kids Take Color-Blind View of History
If you ask a high school student to name the three most famous Americans ever, chances are Harriet Tubman will appear on that list.   (Archive Photos)

(Newser) – Martin Luther King Jr. is the most famous American in history, according to 2,000 high school students asked to name the top 10, reports USA Today. In a dramatic break from the "dead white male" paradigm, African Americans, women, and Arfican-American women dominated the list, with Rosa Parks second, Harriet Tubman at No. 3, and Oprah Winfrey No. 7.

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The list's first white male is No. 5 Benjamin Franklin. "Over the course of about 44 years, we've had a revolution in the people who we've come to think about to represent the American story," said the study's co-leader. The change in focus isn't specific to teenagers, either—adults gave nearly identical responses. (Read more famous Americans stories.)

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