The Conservative Fifty sites are celebrating American History throughout the month of June in preparation of the celebrations to come on July the fourth. But I have to ask, what exactly is “history”? The dictionary defines history as “the study of past events, particularly in human affairs” or “as the past considered as a whole”. So American History is the study of past American events particularly American human affairs or the American past considered as a whole.
But who is to say what history is? Who decides and records what happened in the past and how it happened? History as anyone knows it, is composed of the events someone else said happened or someone recorded as past events. History can be a fickle thing because not everyone records the events the same way. That happens because we are all human and thus we all see things through different colored glasses. We are also biased about some things which can make us stretch the truth or bias the truth. That is why there has to be some collaborating evidence for the recorded historical word. Recent history is much easier to prove than ancient history of course, because of all the obvious reasons.
Many times the history books are written by the winning side in conflicts. Like they say to the victor goes the spoils. The spoils include writing the history books. That is why some “supposedly historical” events come into question at later dates. Take for example Paul Revere’s ride where he cried out “The British are coming.” If you were to ask almost anyone if that was what he cried out, I would bet you that almost everyone would agree that it was his very words and if you were to ask if anyone else took a ride that night to do the same thing, most would say no. But the truth is what he said was “The regulars are coming!” Also he wasn’t the only rider, he was actually part of a group which included some 60 or so men and WOMEN, who rode the country side crying out the warning. How many of you knew that there were female “Paul Revere’s” riding the country side that night? The recorded history is full of lies, half truths and distorted facts.
Who do you think wrote the history of Paul Revere’s ride? You can bet it was a man thus the female element was lost. You can bet that Paul himself aided in setting the story “straight” about his part. The historians probably wanted a hero so they just forget the other 59 or so heroes and raised Paul Revere higher up in the saddle thus putting him on a pedestal. Personally I think the true story is better than the fiction and most of the time that is true.
There is also a story about Ben Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm and it attracting the lightning in such a way, that the kite is struck and the lightning is transported down the string where it is felt by Old Ben. Ben did propose just such an experiment but there is absolutely no proof that he ever actually managed to get a kite struck by lightning. The best evidence we have that it probably never happened is the fact that Ben didn’t die from a lightning strike because just such an experiment would probably result in someone’s death and that someone would be the person holding the string.
We all know one of the biggest lies that has ever been recorded in our history American books. The old story of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree then confessing the act to his father because he couldn’t tell a lie, has to be the biggest falsehood in our history books. Why is it there, because a gentleman called Mason Locke Weems wrote a biography of Washington which included various made up anecdotal stories that were quickly accepted as fact by Washington’s adoring fans, which included almost all of America. Americans wanted to believe that Old George was just such a person so they easily accepted the lie.
How many of you believe that the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 freed all the slaves in America? Well you would be dead wrong! It only freed the slaves in the states that rebelled against the Union. All the states that fought on the side of the Union were exempt from the Emancipation Proclamation. Those states were Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and West Virginia. It took two more years with the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, before all the slaves in America were legally freed and for slavery to be constitutionally forbidden.
American history lies aren’t just isolated to “ancient” American history. Do you know how many times the North American part of the U.S.A. has been invaded or bombed by a foreign government? Most people would say never, but they would completely wrong. Not only did we get invaded during the War of 1812 but it also happened during WWII as well. The Japanese not only bombed the main land of America but they actually invaded and held American territory in the state of Alaska.
A Japanese submarine launched a small seaplane which then flew down the coast of Oregon dropping incendiary bombs on Oregon’s lush forests. They hoped to burn down large parts of America’s forestry thus eliminating some of our resources but it was very unsuccessful. The most important part of their plan was to create a diversion for America’s Pacific fleet and draw it away from the South Pacific. They also launched countless high altitude balloons from their mainland with bombs attached. Those balloon bombs actually managed to kill American civilians on America’s main land.
The least known part of WWII history is the fact that the Japanese not only attacked part of Alaska, but they invaded it and held it for about one year.
The Japanese not only attacked and killed over 100 soldiers but they also invaded and occupied two of the Aleutian Islands which are part of the state of Alaska. That means that the Japanese attacked, invaded and occupied American soil for a year. This was also a diversionary tactic to bring the naval fleet away from the South Pacific. There was could be no tactical advantage to the invasion unless it was going to be part of a bigger plan to invade the main land. That was something that Japan never planned to do and never had the resources to do.
I hope I have enlightened you about just a few of the American history lies that we have been taught. There are so many others and the lies continue to come. They are even happening right now in front of our very own eyes. All you have to do is read any newspaper or watch any main stream media news outlet and you will be getting tomorrow’s incorrect history. I can only hope that those who write our present day history are not part of the main stream media because otherwise the history we make, will give fodder to future writers like me on this very same subject.
The reason I bring up the fact that history isn’t always what it is cracked up to be is because history always influences the present and helps mold the future. History is never written in stone well… actually sometimes it is literally written in stone but that doesn’t mean that what we believe as history is unchangeable and true. The best learning experience anyone can have is by learning from history.
With that said I have to ask, how can anyone learn from history if we base our knowledge on historical lies? Most people could care less about history and usually they are the ones who don’t learn. That makes them destined to repeat history. We need factual history if we are to make sound judgments for our future.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr
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