Teaching literature has changed now that the humanities have become a species of what is known as grievance studies, concerned with whether a given author is sexist or racist or classist. This is a cultural shift in education, and not for the better.
Liberalism has many meanings, but I wish to maintain that the most authentic form of liberalism has been concerned above all with two things: the expansion of a free functioning civil society and the restriction of the activity of the state.
Trump haters are concerned that Trump will "stain" the Lincoln Memorial with a speech on Independence Day. But Trump is extremely unlikely to ever match Lincoln's blood-soaked legacy. And that's a good thing.