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originally posted by: MisterMcKill
Well, we mostly have to teach it according to the books that the school chooses. Of course, the students ask questions, and I make a point to say that the South has a very different view of the war than the North. Because of the political climate, this is one tricky subject. Quite honestly, if one does not teach the Northern version, one would probably face some serious problems. Basically, children are taught that Lincoln was a hero (I think he was a tyrant) that saved the Union, and that the war was fought over slavery. States' rights come up, but are usually not a focus. Reconstruction is taught as being necessary. In other words, history was written by the winners, and that is how it is taught. It isn't surprising, but it is a bit sad.
originally posted by: MrSensible
a reply to: MisterMcKill
Having been educated in the North (New York) I would be interested in learning more about this alternative view which you seem to think is the correct version of history.
Are you implying that
1. We should have continued to subjugate the rights of black people?
2. That the US should have been allowed to be split into 2 separate nations?
3. That the reconstruction period (which focused on maintaining the newly established rights of the freed slaves and repairing the economy) was not something that should have been attempted? (Note, it is largely considered a failure by historians. But hindsight is 20/20.)
I'm not interested in debating the specifics, because I quite simply don't know enough on the topics to be honest, but I'm merely asking if I'm properly interpreting your post.
originally posted by: crazyewok
a reply to: robbeh
In the UK its pretty much taught that while we abolished slavery a few decades before peacefully, America instead did what amerca does best in regards to politics and went full retard, plus states rights ect The north won, blacks kinda got freed but where still treated #and once the war was over you decided to finish of the natives and thats pretty much it.