Another history myths website!

Yikes! Competition! (Just kidding.) Here’s an interesting history myths website I stumbled across last week. Nicely written and researched, and fun to read! Click here for some American history myths. 

One Response to Another history myths website!

  1. Curtis Cook says:

    That site was a good find. I learned some things and had others reaffirmed, but it does play games with words. While I appreciated the author(s) making the distinction in some of the earlier entries between ‘many’ and ‘all’ Founding Fathers being christians and there being more than one cause of the War of 1812, I wish they had made the same distinction a couple of times further down the list. Specifically…

    In the entry about ‘the cause’ of the Civil War they beat hard on the fact that many people did go to war over the issue of slavery, but ignore that many did so for completely different reasons — even in South Carolina. Some decades prior to 1861, S.C. attempted to impose import duties on goods entering the state from other (primarily northern) states and was informed by the Supreme Court that doing so was in violation of the commerce clauses of the constitution. This was not an isolated incident, and other southern states tried to conduct their own foreign policy (also barred) and engage in other activities reserved to the federal government. I was involved in a ‘mock congress’ back in my grade school days, and I remember the ‘western’ states of Kentucky and Tennessee using states’ rights as their justification for the continuation and expansion of slavery, not that it was a ‘peculiar institution’. In short, slavery was widely considered to be a subset of the states’ rights arguement, rather than a separate reason. And the article’s claim that anybody who lived in a place where slavery was accepted and went to war, therefore did so for the purpose of continuing the ‘peculiar institution’ is simply not founded on logic.

    The idea that Orson Welles’ Hallowe’en broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” didn’t result in widespread panic is based on nothing more than a contrived definition of what constitutes ‘widespread’. There was panic, and it occured in every region of the lower 48 states. I don’t know why the authors chose to decide ‘widespread’ actually means ‘everyone, everywhere’. (see: “The Panic Broadcast” by Howard Koch; Avon Books ©1970)

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