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INTERESTING HISTORY MYTHS

Some historical facts and stories we take for granted are either false or at the least exaggerated. Some have been passed down through generations and some have even made their way into history books.

For example, you may have heard the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem: "Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere...". That poem was written in 1860, long after the famous ride which occurred in 1775. Well, that poem gives an innacurate (or at best incomplete) representation of the actual events. Take a look at the myths below and click on the corresponding link to get the actual facts.



Myth: George Washington  was the first President of the United States

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Myth: Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone

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Myth: Daniel Boone wore a coonskin cap

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Myth: Betsy Ross invented the first American flag

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Myth: Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin

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Myth: Christopher Columbus discovered the earth was round

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Myth: Abraham Lincoln's childhood log cabin is on display in Hodgenville, Kentucky

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Myth: The American Civil War  was all about slavery

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Myth: In April, 1775, Paul Revere rode through the streets from Boston to Lexington yelling "The british are comming"

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Myth: The Pilgrims lived in log cabins

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Myth: During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln once said about Ulysses S. Grant's drinking: "If I knew what brand he used, I would send every General a barrel.".

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Myth: Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly non-stop accross the Atlantic Ocean

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Myth: Paul Revere began printing and selling a depiction of the Boston Massacre in 1770

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Myth: George Washington fathered several children by his slaves

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Myth: When Confederate President Jefferson Davis was arrested after the Civil War, he was wearing his wife's clothing as a disguise in hopes of avoiding capture.

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Myth: The reason Germany got off to such a fast start in World War II was because of its pre-war preparations.

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INTERESTING HISTORY BOOKS

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong 

Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History 

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