The Lies Of The American History

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Lies Told in American History Most schools teach American History in a very compacted way. For example, most people do not realize that the colonists were in American for about 150 years before the Revolutionary War. Many people also do not realize that during this time each of the thirteen colonies were basically separate entities with nothing to bind them, such as an agreeance to adhere to a central government. People also do not realize that the Revolutionary War was not motivated by the need for independence from Great Britain, but over money and land. Thomas Jefferson stated once that 33% of the people were fighting for “freedom”, 33% were on the side of the English and 33% did not care either way. Modern historians have put the number of people on the English side at 20-25%, with the vast majority of the colonists not caring either way. Historically the vast majority of the men pushing for the war were wealthy land and/or business owners who did not want to pay taxes as British citizens. Many of these men had also brought tracts of land in the Ohio Valley region. The government of Great Britain had promised the Native Americans that the settlers would not be permitted to settle pass the Appalachian Mountains. This meant that everyone that had already settled past the Appalachians had to move. Most importantly it meant that all of the men who had purchased land in the Ohio Valley Region were going to lose a lot of money. What is taught in schools about the Revolutionary War is that the settlers came over. England wanted to tax the tea, people threw the tea in the Ocean. The British retaliated by shooting Crispus Attucks and the war began. The lie-The settlers came to America looking to escape religious persecution in Englan... ... middle of paper ... ...aves and 120 indentured servants (Red Eyes pg.6). These numbers are not truly reflective of the situation because they do not include the figures for trade, when the colonists sent Native Americans to the West Indies in exchange for African slaves. In the west the number of Pawnee enslaved by the settlers was so high that Pawnee became the word for all slaves (Red Eyes pg.6). According to Pierson Reading, one of the managers of John Sutler 's huge tract of Indian land in central California in 1844: “The Indians of California make as obedient and humble slaves as the Negro in the south.” (Red Eyes pg.6). The War for Independence and the Constitution were about profit as was slavery and the removal of the Native Americans from their lands. This is why the founding fathers chose to fight the British over taxes instead of outlawing slavery in 1773 (Tea and Sympathy pg.5)
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