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  •  Perhaps a little, but not as much as if I (5+ / 0-)

    were to study actual history. For example, fiction glorified the tyranno-South in the book Gone With the Wind, but the history it taught was false. Eric Foner, a real historian, wrote a book on the Reconstruction in which he demonstrated how a false history was written by southern apologists, most notably Jubal Early, and this history was taught in our schools until the mid-1960s. Others have written on this same topic. It is a real shame that many more people, I will wager, will read Gone With the Wind than will ever read Foner's excellent, and accurate, work of non-fiction.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:20:18 PM PST

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    •  Then Gone With the Wind is obviously not a (2+ / 0-)
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      good novel with which to learn about he Civil War. Does that mean there are no other novels that might be good to learn about how people might have felt during the Civil War? How people feel is something fiction can do way better than non-fiction, no?

      •  I liked Jubilee (4+ / 0-)
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        by Margaret Walker based on a relative's story.  Very good antidote to Gone with the Wind.

        Even as a child, I suspected some of the parts of GWTW, but that was because I was from the North.  I hadn't thought how it would appear to children in the South until just recently.

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        by cfk on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:53:44 PM PST

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      •  So you concede that reading fiction may or may not (1+ / 0-)
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        teach you something useful and true. The key, therefore, is to be careful about the fiction you read, otherwise you may be given false information, just as millions and millions and millions of Americans have been given false information about the tyranno-South through reading Gone With the Wind.

        I am not sure what your point is...

        Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

        by hestal on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 04:37:25 AM PST

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        •  One fiction book that I read (1+ / 0-)
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          made me aware that something had happened and made me question who was right and I ended up reading more than 200 books as a result...most of them non-fiction.

          I also check on non-fiction books and like the ones with lists of sources.  

          I have seen biographies that trashed a famous person or were weighted with bad stuff.  I do question nearly everything I read though.

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          by cfk on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:18:26 PM PST

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