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  •  I think the problem with history (3+ / 0-)
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    Mnemosyne, alizard, IreGyre

    being "wrong" is more that it is incomplete. The more we learn about history, the better we understand it.

    Back in the good ol days you would never find a childrens' textbook that mentioned Native Americans, except in the context of their being very nice to the pilgrims at Thanksgiving, and the rest of the time being silly, inconvienient savages that attacked the hero pioneers and cowboys. Except for Pocahontas, who helped the white men.

    You would never know that any woman, at any time in history, did anything worth doing. No women artists, writers, scientists, doctors, inventors, explorers or leaders existed. Women were presidents' wives, or plucky nurses to soldiers.

    You would never know that african americans did anything worth mentioning either.

    Even when I was in high school in the 80's, women and minorities were relegated to little side notes. War, conquest, industrial revolution, and did you know about the Seneca Falls convention? War, presidents, expansion, and did we mention George Washington Carver figured out stuff about peanuts?

    History is always written by the conquerors, and if this is the only view of it you get, then your view is as useful as wearing somebody else's glasses.

    I think that is what Santayana meant when he said "History is always written worng."

    "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

    by Reepicheep on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 03:24:08 PM PST

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