The Truth and the Lies

I’m reading a very interesting book this week. It is written by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History

And I wanted to bring it up here because of the first chapter, Lie #1 – All Men Are Created Equal and a frank and honest review of slavery in America.

I’ve known for a while that there probably wasn’t any Thanksgiving. Well, let’s just say, there might have been a pilgrim Thanksgiving that including lots of murder afterwards. The same is true of the Civil War. The Civil War was less about slavery and more about states rights, primarily the right to secede from the Union.

And as for Lincoln? The Great Emancipator? Yeah, not so much. I knew all of that to some degree or another, but it was still rather shocking to have it laid out so clearly – along with the modern-day critique of affirmative action (which Supreme Court Clarence Thomas considers “reverse-racism”).

And it made me wonder – how in the world am I going to teach American History to my child? How do I give her an accurate account of our nation’s history without the bullshit propaganda feel-good fluff?

If you have been reading my blog for very long you will know how important the truth is to me. I’m kind of a stickler for it – except in times where I feel that the truth would harm or hurt.

In this case, I believe strongly in truth – brutal, cold, real truth. After all, how can we avoid repeating the same mistakes if we don’t take our lessons from the past?

Does anyone know of any good, honest history books? I’m beginning to believe that the last thing kids today need is everything sugar-coated and packaged in a politically correct format. They need the truth.

What do you think?


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2 Responses to The Truth and the Lies

  1. Victoria Friend says:

    A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn I think.