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 "Yankee ingenuity" (American inventions) far surpassed the rest of the world, and brought great wealth to it
- That military battles are an essential part of history, and of preserving freedom.
- 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 great Americans, from Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Edison, were 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 "anti-imperialism" movements against the United States were really communist or Muslim movements against Christianity, as in denying the Islamic basis for the Philippine insurgency around 1900.
- That the colony and state of "Virginia" was named after the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth.
- That the colony and state of Maryland was named after Queen Henrietta Maria.
- 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.
- 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 mislead students into thinking that presidential elections (which are usually just determined by the economic cycle) are more significant than warranted.
- Standard textbooks ignore or deceive students about the fact that most great contributions to western society have been made by conservative Christians.
- Standard textbooks portray all presidents have being comparable in effectiveness and accomplishment, when in fact some were successful and some were failures.
Specific truths that history books deny or distort
- Rhode Island was the only state to separate church and state, and as a result it became the biggest importer of slaves.
- Thomas Jefferson was not as successful or important as liberals claim; he failed personally and as president, and little in the Declaration of Independence is attributable to him.
- Chivalry was customary throughout most of American history.
- The greatest corruption in government during the Grant Administration was by the Democratic-controlled "Tammany Hall."
- The misnamed "Gilded Age" generated tremendous prosperity for the world, 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 a Republican who preached Conservative values.
- Lenin was a ruthless and violent dictator who oppressed the people of the Soviet Union as thoroughly as Stalin.
- Nazism, with its insistence on the collective, was a left-wing doctrine.
- The United States Immigration Service ran Ellis Island as a harsh, unwelcoming and discriminatory institution
- That the Democratic Party supported slavery, while the Republican party opposed it
- Who the leader of the Scientific Revolution was
- The role of English history in shaping American history
- "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.