Essay:Liberal Denials about History
Here are liberal denials about history, with the result that virtually no textbooks teach them.
The following truths about history are typically denied by liberal history textbooks:
- That military battles are an essential part of history, and of preserving freedom.
- That the only vote in Congress against declaring war on Japan the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor was by the first woman congressman, a suffragette.
- That there were valid reasons for past opposition to immigration which had nothing to do with racism; immigration did not enable the North to beat the South.
- That unions caused great harm, including senseless violence and lost jobs.
- That hard work was the key to the success of many Americans.
- That most of the greatest Americans, from the author of the Constitution (Gouverneur Morris) to Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Edison to George Patton, were all homeschooled.
- That Abraham Lincoln's faith grew while he was President.
- That Benjamin Franklin abandoned the Deism of his youth later in his life.
- That Thomas Jefferson's religious beliefs were not representative of the other Founding Fathers.
- That Rhode Island and Thomas Jefferson, and their view of a "separation of church and state," had no role in the formation of the Constitution.
- That there were conservative Presidents before Ronald Reagan, such as George Washington, James Monroe and Grover Cleveland.
- That President FDR did not end the Great Depression, and may have prolonged it.
- That President LBJ's Great Society did little to alleviate poverty.
- That President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy was key to ending the Cold War and alleviating poverty worldwide.
- That NO "triangular trade" existed in the 17th and 18th centuries with the New World
- That the Catholic Church has a history of promoting science, not suppressing it.
- That as an Intelligence agency, CIA was crucial for the Free world to defeat Communism and their agents made huge sacrifices to defend our freedom.
- That America's involvement in World War II was the key to ending the Great Depression.
- Standard textbooks mislead students into thinking that contributions to history were somehow based more on status than by effort or Providence. This bias is a form of status worship.
- Standard textbooks emphasize material things (like race, gender, wealth, scarcity) at the expense of the more important role played by ideas and "the power of the pen."
- Standard textbooks overemphasize the significance of popularity (e.g. JFK).
- Standard textbooks ignore or deceive students about the fact that most great contributions to western society have been made by conservative Christians.
Specific truths that history books deny or distort
- Rhode Island was the only state to separate church and state, and it became the biggest importer of slaves.
- Thomas Jefferson was not as successful or important as liberals claim; He failed personally and as president, especially in his second term.
- Chivalry was customary throughout most of American history.
- The greatest corruption in government during the Grant Administration was by the Democrat-controlled Tammany Hall.
- The misnamed "Gilded Age" generated tremendous prosperity for some, thanks to an absence of stifling regulation.
- Public school education in its current form in the U.S.A. is less than 100 years old.
- Atheist materialism lay behind the genocidal crimes of the Nazis.
- Martin Luther King was not a Democrat.
- Lenin was a ruthless and violent dictator who oppressed the people of the Soviet Union almost as thoroughly as Stalin.
- Nazism, with its insistence on the collective, was a left-wing doctrine.
- The history of the "State of Franklin."
- In fact, no specific "triangular" trade route has ever been identified and it is unlikely that there was significant sale of goods to Africa at that time. The term was invented by an historian more than 100 years later.
- "The largest slave trading ports in America were located in Rhode Island and soon rivaled those of Liverpool. The wealth and economy of New England was based solely on slave trading and exporting rum; and the southern most colonies were NOT part of that odious slave trade."
- For example, Jefferson was given a wealthy estate but died in substantial debt.