10 Horrible Lies You Were Taught About American History


As they say, history is written by the victors,
and the United States of America has been the victor quite a lot. For this reason, they have gotten to write
most of their own history, and it tends to be quite positive and rosy, and full of little
vignettes that make particular groups pet theories look rather grand. However, the truth is that when victors write
history, they often leave out the unpleasant details, and even insert little bits of propaganda. In today’s article, we will go over the
truth behind several myths of American history. 10. The Emancipation Proclamation Freed The Slaves,
And That Was That As far as many Americans are concerned, the
Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, the sweet sound of freedom rang across the
land, and all was well… until those pesky Jim Crow laws came about. However, after the Emancipation Proclamation
and before Jim Crow really got going, Congress passed the 13th Amendment, which officially
outlawed slavery, and freed the remaining people held in bondage — except those who
had committed felonies and were slaves of the state, whose labor the state could sell
as it wished. The Emancipation Proclamation only freed the
slaves who were in the states in open Rebellion, which didn’t even include every major slaveholding
state, and overall accounted for only about 3/4ths of the slaves in the country. While it was a big move, it was also only
a presidential move that Lincoln could use because of the war, and did not outlaw slavery
or free all of the slaves — that would came later, after the North beat the South soundly
into the ground. 9. The United States Entered World War II In
Order To Save The Jewish People In many people’s minds, the United States
entered World War II in order to save the Jewish people from the evil Nazis. We were indisputably the good guys, did great
good in the world, and even though many Jewish people suffered under Hitler, we were able
to stop it and give them their own country — with the help of England (and, we’ll
grudgingly admit, the Soviets). However, the fact of the matter is that several
countries in Europe, as well as the United States of America, knew Jewish people were
being unfairly rounded up for some time, and had a pretty decent idea that they weren’t
being taken away for their health. However, many of those countries turned Jewish
refugees away, and in some cases it is documented that refugees turned away from America ended
up back in the hands of the Nazis. The truth is that while the allies were still
the better guys, that doesn’t mean they were quite the good guys many movies make
them out to be. The United States joined the war officially
after being attacked by the Japanese, and the United Kingdom and France were fighting
for their very survival against an enemy who caught them with their pants down. Of course, saying it was all about saving
the Jews was a great way, after the fact, to excuse any of our own war crimes. 8. “In God We Trust” And “One Nation Under
God” Were Founding Father Approved Whenever anyone talks about removing “In
God We Trust” from our money, or about protesting the words “Under God” In the Pledge of
Allegiance, people will talk about how even if we should separate church and state, it’s
still a proud American tradition that goes back to the Founding Fathers, and that, thus,
we should keep saying it, if for nothing else than perhaps historical reasons or nostalgia. However, these claims are simply untrue. As many historians of the Revolutionary era
know, the Founding Fathers were hardly the most evangelical Christian types, and wouldn’t
have even been interested in putting such a thing on money. On the contrary, the inclusion of “In God
We Trust” was added in the ’50s under President Eisenhower, and not just the words
“Under God” but the entire pledge of allegiance as we know it (which was also first made a
big thing back in the 1950s). These “Proud American Traditions” have
hardly been around for the better part of a century, so they certainly were not Founding
Father approved. 7. General George Armstrong Custer Was A Brave,
Intelligent Leader Slaughtered By Natives General George Armstrong Custer is known as
one of the last, and easily most famous of the “Indian fighters” among the old West
American military. In fact, he is pretty much the poster boy
for how the brave American patriots fought off the “evil natives” and secured the
land for the United States of America. However, his legacy being so shiny is because
after he died, his wife spent an incredibly amount of time lobbying to make movies about
him and make a stunning, and thoroughly lie based and inaccurate hagiography about his
life. While portrayed as brave, thoughtful and a
good military commander in most sources, the truth is that he was known for wearing flamboyant
white fringe while riding into battle shouting and whooping, trying to make as big of a show
as possible. He was a grandstander and often made decisions
more based on grandiosity than actual, solid military planning. His final “Last Stand” wasn’t so much
a brave last battle, but him pursuing natives and looking for glory. The old story was that he was ambushed and
they fought bravely to the last man, but now military historians who have examined the
battlefield say he did not properly scout first, and went foolishly charging into a
much greater force — after that, the outcome was inevitable for foolish General Custer
and his brigade of merry men. 6. The Native Americans Have No Right To Complain,
As They Sold Us Most Of Their Land Just getting past the incredible amount of
reneged treaties, and actual stolen land, some people point out that certain tracts
of native land were indeed sold to white people, and that whether that price was fair or not,
a deal is a deal. However, we have to understand that in terms
of land ownership, the natives didn’t think of it the way we do. When many “sold” land to the white settlers,
in their minds they were really only paying them to temporarily share the land, as no
one can actually “own the land” — it belongs ultimately to the great spirit, who
has given it as a gift for people to use. Now, this doesn’t mean they didn’t have
any concept of land ownership. They just thought of it differently. They often didn’t develop it as much as
European settlers would, because they believed the Earth was close to a living thing, at
least spiritually, and that for future generations we needed to treat it sustainably. That often meant leaving very little environmental
impact. They didn’t really use deeds, and they didn’t
really have private ownership, but there was a belief that tribes had a shared responsibility,
and that the tribe may have been gifted the land long ago to use by the great spirit. This meant that it wasn’t really right for
most individuals or even smaller tribal groups to be “selling” lands permanently, and
most did not mean it that way. The Europeans often took what the natives
saw as a lease to share the land as a permanent purchase. 5. The Phrase “Separation Of Church And State”
Is Not In The Founding Documents At All Today, the argument over whether the church
and state should be more intertwined is an extremely contentious one. Some people argue that they should be entirely
separate, and others argue that as long as one doesn’t become a state religion, that
we should be able to teach the bible in school, or put the ten commandments up on public grounds,
and so on. Some people think this really shouldn’t
be an argument at all, as they believe the constitution mandates a “wall of separation”
between church and state. However, the truth is that this isn’t in
the constitution. It is in one of Thomas Jefferson’s letters,
and he was one of the Founders, but they had a lot of different opinions, and his was just
one of them. What the actual constitution says is that
“congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof,” but the “wall of separation” is not something it actually
says. Considering the actual nature of how the constitution
has it written, it is plausible that under some arguments (and we aren’t taking a side),
certain religious displays or study could be allowed, for example, as long as no religious
study was forced, and displays and study of all religions were allowed. This has long been the biggest constitutional
controversy over the issue: whether we allow it as long as we allow everyone, or if we
simply keep government and religion completely separate. 4. The Supreme Court Ruled Whether Or Not Abortion
Was Morally Okay Today abortion is one of the most contentious
debates in human history, and abortion doctors have even been murdered for providing them. Some people feel that access to abortions
should be removed or restricted for various ethical reasons, and others feel that those
ethical reasons are simply inadequate to ban it, and that women should be allowed to make
these decisions about their own bodies. Regardless, many want the United States Supreme
Court to relitigate the issue. Now, access to abortion has been the law of
the land for years, but some opponents of it are banking on the fact that the Supreme
Court didn’t really rule on the moral fitness of abortion. Despite what many on both sides of the debate
misunderstand, the Supreme Court never ruled as to when life begins, or whether abortion
was murder, or any of that stuff that people like to argue about. Rather, they argued that restricting abortions
by law was unconstitutional because the woman’s right to privacy extended to her fetus (or
unborn child, depending on the stage and how you define it), and thus to her right as to
what she did with it and her body. We certainly aren’t interested in taking
a position on the abortion debate, but we are clearing up what exactly the Supreme Court
did and didn’t decide, and what they based their decision on. 3. The Taliban Had Absolutely Nothing To Do With
9/11 And Neither Did Iraq While Osama Bin Laden did have some ties to
the Taliban and they were certainly guilty of sheltering him over the years, they also
denied involvement from the start, and offered to extradite him to an Arab country to stand
trial under Islamic Law. The USA refused that offer. The fact of the matter is that the people
who perpetrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks were from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United
Arab Emirates. In fact, the vast majority of the people involved
were from countries we are allied with, yet have a lot of clerics who denounce our values
and stir up extremist sentiment not only within their borders, but around the world. On the other hand, the actual Taliban itself
wasn’t really involved with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and neither was Saddam Hussein or
the Iraqis. Of course, fewer people believe the Iraqis
were involved than the Taliban, but there were plenty who did, and the government didn’t
spend a lot of time trying to convince people otherwise — probably because it made it
easier to gain support for the Iraq War. In truth, the official reason given for attacking
Iraq was that they were constructing weapons of mass destruction — weapons which we never
found evidence of upon invading and tearing the place apart from top to bottom. 2. The Constitution Of The United States And
Surrounding Documents Are Sacred These days many people consider the constitution
and other founding documents practically sacred, and revere it so much that some experts say
we now have an entrenched constitution, to the point where politicians are afraid and
unwilling to add as much as a constitutional amendment. However, the fact is that there are already
dozens of constitutional amendments, because the Founding Fathers envisioned a world where
things would change, and we would regularly need to update things to make them current. Today, we have issues like global pollution
and abortion, just to name a few, that they wouldn’t have had much of a concept of at
the time when the constitution was penned. Some of the Founding Fathers were even more
radical, such as Jefferson, who suggested in his letters that pretty much every generation
should evaluate the entire system and see if starting over fresh was necessary or justified. And while most were certainly not that radical,
they definitely thought of it as a human document, which they managed to barely hash out among
their own differences, and was clearly designed with future change (as needed) in mind. Unfortunately, too many today think of it
as some kind of sacred writ, and are holding back what should be obvious and easy progress. 1. George W. Bush Won The 2000 Presidential Election
Fair And Square, End Of Story Al Gore was declared the early winner in Florida,
then George W. Bush, and then it became unclear… this all happening on election night in 2000. Then, a recount was started. Now, the recount was almost more of an audit
than anything, as the election was relatively close and there were a lot of arguments about
so called “dimpled chads” and “hanging chads,” which was in regard to ballots where
bits were punched out and what the voter meant by it. However, the Brooks Brothers riots, which
were allegedly started by right wing provocateurs, caused a temporary halt to an important part
of the recount. The Supreme Court shut down the recount, and
voted 5-4 to give the election to the current vote total holder, Bush, despite the recount
not being finished and all the irregularities going on. By giving the presidency to George W. Bush,
they gave in to mob rule, and forever tarnished the legitimacy of their own decisions and
that of the office of the presidency as well. George W. Bush may very well have been the
real winner — we aren’t trying to take a position one way or another — but because
the recount was forced to end early by the Supreme Court for no good reason on a very
partisan line, we will never know for sure, and the American people, and future historians,
will never be confident that the right decision was truly made. For many, this decision caused them to permanently
lose a lot of faith in the political system as it stands.

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  • No one in America teaches either 8 or 9, and only fringe racists claim #6.

  • I don't know of anyone who actually believes that General Custer was a hero or a shining example of anything. If anything his last stand is usually used as an example of pride and hubris.

  • To save the Jews? We we didnt know they were being held in camps until we walked up on them. Where is this guy getting his history?

  • THE ONLY REASON THE US GETS IN ANY WAR IS TO MAKE MONEY, PERIOD

  • Like if you’re American and were never taught these lies. Where I come from (Illinois) we actually spent money on education, but I can’t speak for all states.

  • Yes, we did mostly steal the Indians land, as did the Indians who were stealing it from each other for thousands of years before Europeans arrived, indeed, throughout human history land has been stolen, e.g. "conquered". Somehow if a large body (nation) does it, it's OK.

  • I would say 2, 5 and 8 are believed by many Americans, or at least Evangelicals.

  • Oh my goodness people in glass houses should not throw stones the other countries in the world are far worse than our USA 🇺🇸 our country is young the rest are super old and were very evil cruel and tortured and killed everyone the king and queen idea is ridiculous too and what is blue blood is that what you get when you marry your family members well no thanks

  • I've been a history buff most of my life and we never learned that the US entered WWII to end the Holocaust. In fact in school, we learned about Americas neutrality before Pearl Harbor.

  • And we put Japanese in concentration camps here in America. During WW II

  • Everyone in the US knows this. Very poor attempt Simon.

  • Why would anyone believe what a Brit says about American history?

  • The separation of church and state the way many people describe it is not in the constitution. It just says the congress cannot make a law about what religion you have to practice and that you are free to practice any religion you like. It doesn't say religion cannot be discussed by government officials. It says a LAW cannot be made. An activist court system has manipulated this into something it's not.

  • No one actually believes any of these things

  • #9
    I mean do people really think this? It must be a very small number of people because I was never taught that this was the reason..

  • While I always enjoy your content, I feel in this case you let your personal views guide you on this one.

  • This is the worst episode in this series. I have never heard anyone suggest the US went to war to save the Jews, that the Supreme Court has ruled on the "morality" of abortion, or that Custer was anything other than an idiot. The worst bit is the last, that sums up the Gore-Bush election without mentioning that the "incomplete" recount was a recount only of heavily Democratic counties ordered by a Florida Supreme Court made up purely of Democrats.

    You're going to have to do a lot better than this to live up to the standard you've set for yourselves with your other, largely excellent, videos.

  • This was a really disappointing video. Literally none of these "lies" are taught in the US. It's like Simon scraped up the dumbest theories possible and "corrected" them.

  • This is probably the worst of your videos I've seen so far. Not sure where you're getting information but these "lies" are not taught in the US.

  • I do think the Constitution is almost sacred. Still don’t Mind Amendments. For example, would favor One 20 yr term for Supreme Court Justices. Still ignoring, Amendments like the 2nd, while inventions for abortion

  • You completely brushed over the fact that Abraham Lincoln was backed by the European bankers and created the greenback… backed by nothing. And the fact that many Jews were allowed to leave Germany in 1936. By way of TURKEY who just had their own genocide. You should be concerned, I don’t know who does research for you… but whoever it is they aren’t paying attention and left out lots of important far more shocking details. It’s just laziness. Maybe you should take on less as Quality is better than Quantity. What you do is important because people trust and listen to you. So take it a little more seriously please.

  • Dude I already knew all this! Of course I'm in my 40's so maybe I was correctly taught what happened.

  • when people ask for my n-word pass, I show them the 1st amendment.

  • This video is full of B.S. I could not finish watching it.

  • Did you seriously actually attend any public schools in the U.S.A? The first two or three things in your video might have been true, but the rest of your claims seem so far out in the twilight zone that it's not even funny. Seriously, is this guy actually an American?

    Lol…I just read your source list…not a single textbook from American public schools is on the list!🤣

  • My favorite History teacher taught us that the Emancipation proclamation was the best example of a political lie and from "Honest Abe" Lincoln to boot…
    1: It only freed slaves in rebelling states, who didn't recognize the sovereignty of the Union
    2: This led to some confusion in the rebelling states along the lines of "wait, can he do that?" (while protecting escaped slaves from prosecution/extradition if they made it north)
    3: It maintained the loyalty of the few Union states who did still practice slavery
    4: It shifted the focus from the Confederate separatism to slavery (which was part of the issue, but not the main focus before)
    5: This caused France to withdraw support that they were negotiating to provide the Confederacy since they were already anti slavery, but dividing the nation would have made it easier to expand their holdings.

  • All the US Citizens here are saying they know all this in the same breath they claim the land. What kind of double speak do you have when the Indigenous Americans tell you the lease is up?

  • My history teacher would never lmfaol

  • we shouldn't have saved your British Poncy Asses in WW2, we should have let the Nazis have you. We don't talk about Prince Chuckes the Clown and the 2 Whores he's Married So Piss off on Criticizing the country that's been Propping you up for the last 120 years

  • The US would have eventually joined the Second World War regardless of the attack of Pearl Harbor

  • You guys have weird ideas of what we were taught in school.

  • These were not taught to me or anyone i know.

  • The supreme court does not rule on morality, they are just the ultimate interpreters of the law.

  • The first amendment says that the federal government is not allowed to establish a national religion. Then, it clarifies that doing so would prohibit the free exercise of religion. This is so twisted today. It doesn't mean that religion cannot be in the public square. It means that you are not allowed to establish an "approved" religion, such as the Church of England. They wanted to avoid religious wars like Europe.

  • This channel is often little more than anti-American propaganda, packaged as “history.”

  • The First Amendmant does say there shall be no establishment of of 1 religion in the first amendmant as part of the first amenment and of course I am paraphrasing but that is the jist of it

  • The Church is a state its a political power. The Roman empire still exists under its new image Catholicism

  • The invasion of Afghanistan was approved and signed in May 2001.
    More than 3 months ahead of 911.

  • Did the c I a stoo paying Simon?
    This video is not c i a approved.

  • I never understood why it’s so hard for citizens to accept their founding fathers was as evil as it could be. You was taught lies in school.

  • Wrong about the 2000 election. The election in Florida was over on the day the results were certified by the Secretary of State. That was the basis of the Supreme Court decision, and is how the law and the Constitution work. The Miami Herald later conducted a tedious review of every ballot in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, and determined that, yes, Bush had won the popular vote, anyway.

  • So what text book did you read all this junk in? Because none of these stories was in any text book I ever read. This video is an insult to US history text book writers, who, while they have their faults, did not make any of these assertions.
    In fact, you just made up these 'myths' so you could debunk them without any effort. I'm disgusted and disappointed.

  • I agree with the comments below. Those of us in the USA don't think these things.

  • To this day I talk to republicans in the US who will tell you the weapons of mass destruction were found.

  • I'd say the only lies being taught are apparently what other countries "think" we're being taught in our schools. I grew up in the 1980s and 90s and even 20-30 years ago, none of these false narratives were taught in my US schools. Today I found out that "Today I Found Out" and TopTenz researches are getting lazy.

  • I'd like to know how you were taught American histories because while what you're saying is part of the truth it is by no means the whole truth. most of the things your saying I've never heard of or you are taking out of context.

  • Oh how weak is freedom and how strong oppression be. We have no rights for if you go to jail and lose your right to vote where is your rights? A right can not be taken away from you always have it. That which the state gives it can take away.

  • I have heard many of these things argued by Americans and attempted to be taught in the US. Certainly, a skeptical mind has always kept me from believing these outright, however it is a sad fact that there are Americans who believe these all as truth and express it daily through social media.

  • I don’t think I ever harbored any of these illusions or even know of most them as stereotypical glossy american history growing up haha, should I be taking simon’s words with more grains of salt in general

  • No one thinks we got into WWII for the jews.
    No one thinks Native Americans have no right to complain.
    No one thinks Lincoln wrote a single letter that ended slavery and the civil war.
    What are you smoking simon whistler lol

  • Slow down. If the Indians didn’t understand ownership and the Europeans did then it was a universal misunderstanding with everyone responsible. Further, no one alive today lost land to anyone alive today.

  • I was never thought in school or anywhere that Native Americans "sold" there land. I didn't think anybody thought this or was thought this. From like 3rd grade we were taught about treaties that the American government broke/ manipulate people into. Like we were taught about the trail of tears fairly young. Also different tribes had different beliefs about property and land ownership and like pretty much everything.

    Also so many of these other things were things I was never thought or under the impression of. And I'm pretty sure other people weren't either.

    I feel like this video needs to be retitled "what English people/ the rest of the world were though or think about the United States"

    Maybe besides General Custer, but if you go to the national monument of Custer's last stand he isn't portrayed as a hero. He is portrayed as a murdered. And I think we kinda think of him as the best know of those people who were pretty much trying to commit genocide from that era.

  • This should be readily obvious to all: Simon knows less about America than he knows about history…..and that is truly scary. In the words of Albert Einstein, " the only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."

  • Who, exactly, was taught these things about US history? just under half way through the video, and it's not sounding like any of the truth OR lies that were taught to me in elementary school.

  • I love how you conveniently forgot to mention that Al Gore officially conceded the election, meaning that Bush won regardless of any subsequent recounts. But no, you're not taking sides. wink wink

  • Americans don't think they went to war to save the Jewish people they believe and are taught that we went to war to free Europe.

  • Wow Simon. I usually love your topics but this was way off. I have taught high school history for 35 years and gotta say this is not accurate. I will say that I have seen older textbooks from like the 1950s, thought might have taught some of these, most it isn’t today.

    Also the US constitution clearly puts voting laws at state level of government. In the election of 2000 Gore wanted to go around Florida state election law. It required the Florida Secretary of State to declare a winner before a recount could be requested. Al Gore was insisting that not happen. Neither Bush nor Gore wanted a statewide recount.

  • "Yeah yea yeah " We like it that way!

  • I enjoy many of this guy's video but as an American I have never been as misinformed as the people he is aiming this video towards. I'm still not sure who this video is directed towards. I guess Trump was elected so….maybe some Americans?

  • #1]Gore-Bush-Off

  • All wrong. Why do you bother? For attention? You speak with authority, as if it were fact. All wrong. But then, what the hell would a Brit know about American history – nothing that I'd trust.

  • There were wmds. Chemical weapons were found

  • Politics and fair & square do not go in the same sentence.

  • Who's truth? I usually respect you for knowing truth over facts.

  • You seem kinda anti American at minimum anti conservative.

  • USA power structure has always vacillated between religious, legal, political and monetary influences. Each of them has sought to triumph, long may they submit to the legal.

  • Here is the biggest lie for United States: the claim that US is a democracy. The simplest way someone sees that lie is when Trump lost the vote by 3 million and still became the President under the constitution

  • Custer's 7th Cavalry was armed with single shot trap door rifles, while most of the native tribes were armed with repeating rifles, Custer (who was a Lt. Colonel) was out gunned, out manned and out commanded.

  • I teach history and I have not heard of half these lies. This must be a European thing

  • Learning my American history from a Brit? Not so sure about that based on your lack of knowledge on what I was taught in school.

  • You shouldn't make video's based on biased opinions. Facts and evidence are the truth.

  • Yeah, ok, I don’t know where you learned these fanciful ideas, but Americans don’t share them.

  • What British people think Americans were taught and how we think.

  • Perhaps, it because I take great pains to educate myself, or because most of my history teachers were among my best teachers, but I am fully aware of all of this.

  • Thomas Jefferson also wrote in a personal letter "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots".

    Drops the mic.

  • Go back and study American history Simon.

  • What in the hell are you on about? I've never heard any of these things.

  • You have a number of issues here. No one believes Custer was great. He's a joke. We are taught that we got into the war after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. FDR wanted us in sooner tout the public mood was against involvement. The natives completely understood buying and selling, they were selling the land of enemy tribes as a mean to get the white people to fight them. Per election law, ballots with hanging chads, pregnant chads, etc, CANNOT be counted. When you voted they gave clear warning to check your ballot to ensure each vote was punched cleanly through. The entire thing was an attempt to get votes counted that shouldn't legally be counted, not to mention get votes changed from "Pat Buchanan" to "Al Gore". This was a tactic that was used to greater success in the first victory of Al Franken, in which votes clearly made for his opponent were counted as votes for Franken because the voted for other democrats. The recount process in Minnesota was public and every contested ballot could be reviewed. Lastly, everyone knows the constitution can be changed, they differ on what they want changed. One side wants to alter the 1st and 2nd amendments to restrict gun ownership and fully block religion and government, and a change to a popular vote instead of the electoral college. the other side wants congressional and senatorial term limits and a balanced budget amendment. Neither party's nationally elected officials support any of those because it hurts them. Which is why a number of states are pushing for a convention of the states to bypass congress and put it up the people to decide.

  • The state of Florida was allowed one recount since the election was very close. Algore conceded and then retracted his concession, demanding a recount. Election laws allowed one recount which still showed George W Bush as the winner. This did not sit well with the Democrats who claimed that "hanging chads" and other anomalies may be votes for Algore. They then appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, and that court allowed another recount (recount #2). GW Bush and the RNC then appealed to the SCOTUS that this was unconstitutional. The SCOTUS then sent it back to the Florida Supreme Court (IOW, you guys need to use better judgement) and the Florida court once again decided that another recount was perfectly OK, and this would have been recount #3. So the RNC once again appealed to the SCOTUS, and this time they ruled 5-4 that Bush won the state of Florida based on the results of the first recount. Moreover, it was rather obvious that the left-leaning Florida Supreme Court would allow as many recounts as necessary until Algore won the state by whatever means possible. So your conclusion that the SCOTUS caved to "mob action" is pure baloney sliced thick. I think that you are reckless and irresponsible to suggest such a scenario.
    The Dembeciles have never quite gotten over their bitter defeat in 2000 but certainly not as much as their deranged, rabid, and dysfunctional refusal to accept the results of our 2016 presidential election don't you agree?

  • European view of American History, as usual wrong.

  • Dang man, this episode was a miss on many parts. I live and grew up in East Texas, definitely a place that's given inaccurate and negative stereotypes, and none of these "misconceptions" were ever taught in school. In fact, everything that actually happened was taught. Just sounds like you're bashing your American followers. :/

  • Anybody else taught that the political parties “switched” in the 60’s? Also not true at all. Conservatism and progressivism are ideologies entirely dependent on the issues of the time. Republicans were never Democrats, Democrats were never Republicans. Republicans were, at one time progressive and Democrats were, at one time conservative. But the issues Americans were faced with back then could not be more different than the issues we find today that make people conservative or progressive. There was no switch, just a drastic changing of the times and with that, the political parties adapted.

  • I was not taught any of this bull your saying . I was taught the real truth.? You really need to do better research or at least SOME research

  • The only accurate statement in this whole video was the first one, and that the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery. Lincoln only freed the slaves below the 37th parallel, known as the Mason-Dixon line. Too many of his Union Officers had indentured servants or Bond servants of their own , and did not wish to have them unilaterally freed by this particular Proclamation. People need to go back and really, really research this, because there are a lot of us who come from European backgrounds who have ancestors that came to this country as indentured servants or Bond servants. People could argue that after a person had served the time of their indentured that they were free ,not realizing that the person who had bought the indenture could extend that situation indefinitely if it was perceived that the servant had done something to break that Bond. Remember, history means "his story", and he's sticking to it.

  • My favourite part of the video is where so many are triggered by it.

  • The majority of the items in this video is BS. May want to stick with net picking the history of the UK.

  • There goes the English trying not to legitimize the way we left the Queen's rule! If they want another fight the 3 percent that kicked there A$$ the first time is alive and well.

  • I think this is the opinion of TopTenz posing as lies that Americans believe.

  • This video is terribly inaccurate. I've never been taught any of these things. Should probably learn a bit more about America if you're going to use it as a topic for about every third video.

  • he forgot one that the constitution does not say everyone has the right to own a gun, it says it is necessary to bear arms to fight off enemies , it was necessary because it was written before there was a professional military

  • Are there any rejected Constitutional amendments?

  • Where did these crappy "lies" come from? And do tell, when were these 'lies' taught?

  • I lost faith in 1992 when NAFTA was rammed through. Oligarchy is the word.

  • I agree with the comments below regarding this video as being inaccurate as to what the majority of the American people believe .
    However I will say that I do enjoy and will continue to watch Biographics , Geographiucs , Top Tenz . and Today I found out .
    Some of the best information and interesting videos on YouTube , whether you agree with them or not .

  • This list could be better. There are many lies widely held by Americans that are absent from this list…. P.S Most Americans have no idea who General Custer is.

  • This is the problem. The world perception of the United States is a bunch of propaganda. Most of these "facts" are at best stretches of small aspects of history or a false perspective. To think that these assertions are held as gospel by a majority of rational, logical Americans just shows how uneducated (or worse brainwashed) the rest of the world is when it comes to American history. Go ask Great Britain about their history. Glass houses my friend.

  • Did they not already have 3 recounts in Florida at the time of the Court decision?

  • Hmmm, sounds fishy to me..

  • Largely inaccurate.

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