As Ralph Luker and Marc Comtois ponder the strangely “multicultural” nature of this poll of the most famous Americans, I would point out that the instruction, “no presidents or first ladies allowed,” undercuts the popularity of many “dead white men.” Indeed, isn’t political power what dead white men are known for? Aren’t social justice and celebrity for the rest?

[Added] For quicks, I did the quiz myself. First ten names that popped into my head, in order, removing only those already mention in the article. The results: 1. Louis Armstrong, 2. Mark Twain, 3. John Glenn, 4. Toni Morrison, 5. Woody Guthrie, 6. Malcolm X, 7. William Sherman, 8. Hillary Clinton, 9. Thomas Edison John Muir, 10. Daniel Boone.

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