April 19, 2008

Lies, Lies, Lies

When we were in school we were taught all kinds of things. Most of us as children just accepted what the teacher taught us as truth. As adults many of us now know that Teachers more often than not just teach what is in the text books and really aren't a subject matter expert. What is in those books is often suspect and depends on the authors and publishers. As adults we learn more and more things about life we go back and remember what we were taught as wrong.

Here was have The 5 Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught In History Class.

Those are all pretty good, but honestly I think they should have added the controversial topic regarding the Civil War. Was it fought to free the slaves or fought to preserve the union? Anybody that studies history knows that slavery did have a hand in the fighting of the civil war, but the north did not go to war with the south to free the slaves. No, they went to war to preserve the union.

Posted by Contagion in Things I find interesting at April 19, 2008 10:13 AM | TrackBack

Slavery did not become a real part of the Civil War until the Emancipation Proclamation, which was basically a useless document. It freed the slaves in areas that claimed the were not part of the United States. Slaves in states that didn't try to break away or had already be taken over by the Union Army were not freed.

The states that tried to leave did not do so to maintain slavery-it was that they were worried that the Federal Government would take away the rights of the states.

Even Lincoln, who was an abolishonist himself, is quoted as saying, "If I could preserve the Union and free all of the slaves I would do that, if I could preserve the Union and free some of the slaves I would do that, if I preserve the Union and free none of the slaves I would do that." While he personally wanted to free the slaves, Lincoln believed more in the preservation of the United States as a whole.

Posted by: Petey at April 19, 2008 02:49 PM

you will be happy to know we learned it was about preserving the union and were specifically told SEVERAL TIMES it was NOT about slavery. In fact, I think he took like 20% off our test grade if we missed that question.


Posted by: Carmen at April 22, 2008 03:00 PM