Total History Buff

When I was laid off last year, I knew I wanted to do one of two things: one was become a history teacher because so much is left out of the current teaching of history, and the second was to become a nurse.  Deciding that I didn't want to deal with public school bureaucracies, I went to nursing school.

But what's interesting as I learn more about this nation's history is the misinformation that is accepted as fact.  For example, it wasn't the Kennedys who pushed through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was good ol' boy and ambitious Texan Lyndon Johnson.  And the first predomanetly white city to elect a black mayor was in the South-Chapel Hill, North Carolina to be precise.  (1968).

The study of history reveals the savegry and kindness in human beings.   And it leaves us with many questions, for example how did a society as advanced as Germany give us a genocidal maniac as Hitler?  Why did we throw Poland to the wolves after WWII?
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4 Responses Aug 5, 2010

If you really want to expand your mind, read different books on the same subjects, but with opposing views/interpretations. For example, imabear suggested reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States." Do that, but also read Paul Johnson's "A History of the American People." The two authors are at opposites in terms of how they interpret American history, and it makes for some thoughtful juxtapositions at times.

If misinformation can prevail even if the events and the pla<x>yers are as recent as JFK/LJ ,imagine how very many stories of various eras need to be set straight at a global level ! To me one of the most enjoyable parts of studying the history is reading between the lines(or should I say pages) and eliminating distortions as well as the mythology if I can.

Read Howard Zinn's "Peoples' History of the United States".

Just learnt an interesting history fake information. Apparently Issac Newton never had an apple fall on his head resulting in his gret theoy. He made that up in his old age to get people inspired. Sometimes I suppose the misinformation has positive outcomes.