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I read your piece about 8 historical misunderstandings. I’ll have to research the other 7 now, because your 40 Acre and a Mule explanation was wrong. The General who proclaimed ’40 acres and a mule for each freed man’ was Howard, of Howard University fame. I’m sure you’ve heard in the 1800′s that sheep used to graze on the white house lawn. Well after the Civil War, there were 20,000 ex-slaves on the lawn. General Howard both founded the university on land within the capital district, and it began as a agricultural college. He promised all who attended 40 acres and a mule, to be their foundation in their new home.
Were you aware that Georgetown used to be an ex-slave community?
If I recall Howard’s first name was William. I could Google it, but it was you who are spreading lies. So you check his first name.
I do appreciate that you are attempting to educate all of us on the misunderstandings of American history. I would gladly show my children your somewhat misguided information, but for the fact that you cannot seem to get your point across without all the foul language…..
Phillip: Your lack of education is severly displayed by your use of vulgarities.
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Hey, I guess I’m not the only one who noticed errors in your ‘Misunderstandings’ piece. You stated Mt. Rushmore was sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski, however it was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum. All Korczak Ziolkowski did was assist. Given the title of your article, I really think you should have done more research. If you had you could have put in a tid bit about Gutzon Borglum (who carved our most beloved presidents-how American is THAT?!) carving a memorial to a confederate general at the widow’s behest (not so American now). At any rate it was an entertaining piece, but please stop spreading misinformation! Most people are too lazy to look anything up, and they believe what they’re told, so you have a responsibility to be correct. Especially with how popular Cracked is.
Dear Mr. Moon:
I read your 8 Historical Misunderstandings and, since my in-laws recently traveled west and saw the Crazy Horse ‘partial’ monument, I was intrigued by what you wrote, as it did not coincide with what they had been told when they were out there. After researching it a bit (and I will admit most assuredly not as much as you have), am curious as to why you left out information concerning how Mr. Ziolkowski was pursued for 5 years by Chief Henry Standing Bear to do the memorial, several times turning down the proposition. While Chief Henry Standing Bear was a progressive and found himself between his own culture and the culture of American society, which may have been looked down upon by other Native Americans, everything that I can find simply does not resonate that Mr. Ziolkowski was the perpetrator and perpetuator of the Crazy Horse monument. While the image itself (as he was an artist) may have been conceived by Mr. Ziolkowski, the idea of the monument was not, it was conceived by a fellow Native American. As I said, you have researched this much more than I, so I would like your response and take on the involvement of Chief Standing Bear and any information that you can provide to the contrary regarding him being the one to pose the idea and not Mr. Ziolkowski. Thank you for your consideration in clarifying this.
Gotta take issue with the Guy Fawkes interpretation. The Catholic church had been reformed into the Anglican church by the 1600′s, but it was not Anglicans that the Gunpowder conspirators were trying to overthrow. The village they came from WAS controlled by church reformers, but they were Puritans (not the separatists that went to America cause the Dutch whose country they were living in at the time after leaving England were too liberal for them) The Puritans running the village had been incarcerating Catholics for over a decade (John and Kit Wright’s mother had been in jail for 14 years at the time of the plot) for not attending Puritan church services: JAIL for not going to CHURCH! So the plot (unproven) was anger at incarcerating Catholics, not a bid to dominate the going theology.
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