Lies My Teacher Told Me

Submitted by: buddy 11 years ago
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Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
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Female 609
lol the title of that was taken from a lifetime movie called lies my mother told me i never saw it but i kbnow what its about, its abait a women whos on the run from police and keeps well lying to her daughter
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Male 2,620
Pretty interesting article, nonetheless.
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Male 2,620
"Here`s another lie that your teachers told you: The Civil War was about freeing the slaves and making black people equal with white people. The truth is that Lincoln wanted to maintain power over the Southern states. He didn`t give a tinker`s damn about slavery, he just wanted to keep the tax money rolling in, as well as the warm-water ports for his industrialist cronies."

Although it`s true that Lincoln didn`t really care much about freeing the slaves, turning the Civil War into a battle over slavery helped keep the British from supporting the Confederacy.

But I haven`t heard most of these "lies" before, maybe cause I`m taking an AP class?

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Male 1,523
I don`t really find it that interesting...
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Female 519
i really like this site. very interesting..i should find the book.
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Male 74
*not sarcastically* but i am just kidding of course. so dont anybody get mad at me. :-P
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Male 74
And that is why i hate school, thay are brainwashing us!!! Building us a false reality!!! Kids dont pay attention to your teachers, they`re all LIARS.
PS i was just kidding, kids listen to your teachers, *sarcastically* because as we can see from this wonderful website, that text-books and teachers are never wrong!!!
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Female 120
Ironically I learned this from my 9th grade Social Studies teacher.
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Female 120
The civilizations were incredibly advanced but it put the conqerors in better light back in Spain if they were said to be conquering "barbaric" "heathens". Thats all that mattered to them : Gold, Glory, and God. At points they even spread rumors that the people were cannibals.

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Female 120
The land owners would then /literally/ work the people to death which caused need for more wokers which would be taken from nearby islands; somtime even making the island uninhabited(which in turn led to a need for /more/ workers causing the Middle Passage)
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Female 120
The reason that there are fewer people now than when Columbus "discovered" it is because when the conquistadors arrived some of the new things they brought with them were: smallpox, measels, and typhus. Having absolutely no resistance to these the population plummeted. When the Spanish arrived central America had a population of about 25 million, in twenty years there were about 8 million. There is also the matter that when conquering they had far advanced weapons(Armour,gunpowder,horses) and allies (the Aztecs and Incas had alot of really angry tributary states due to high taxes and where else would they get their human sacrifices)and b/c they felt that "god" was on their side didn`t feel bad about routing unarmed citizens. Finally there is the matter that after Spain finshed conquering they started "encomienda" where somone would be given a plot of land and all the natives that lived on it.
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Male 263
WAY TO GO LIEF!
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Male 263
Lief Ericson ( a viking) was the first person in the eastern world to find "america".
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Male 45
I actually have a copy of that book. I`d suggest checking it out sometime.
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Male 440
Hard to believe huh depawel ? Look at the modern "infrastructure" on haiti today.Hardly any better then what the estimated 8 million had as a civilization.The point is,it worked,an there were a crap load more people there then when that butcher found it.I have lost all respect for columbus.
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Male 4
8 millian Haitians before Columbus? What BS; there`s not that many people in Haiti today. How could that island have supported that many without a modern infrastructure?
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Female 406
so Helen Keller was a damn commie! hmph, who would have guessed?

i also hate it when teachers make the civil war out to sound like it was "to free the slaves". I actually had a teacher in COLLEGE try and tell us that. ridiculous.

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Male 22
Here`s another lie that your teachers told you: The Civil War was about freeing the slaves and making black people equal with white people. The truth is that Lincoln wanted to maintain power over the Southern states. He didn`t give a tinker`s damn about slavery, he just wanted to keep the tax money rolling in, as well as the warm-water ports for his industrialist cronies.
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Male 491
That`s VERY accurate, it wasn`t Columbus that discovered that the world was round, Fernão de Magalhães made a voyage around the world much before Columbus, he raised anchor in Portugal, Made it through the gap between South America and the South Pole, crossed the Pacific and ended up in Africa.
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Male 169
My teacher tells me everything the book lies about.
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Male 10,115
Link: Lies My Teacher Told Me [Rate Link] - Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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