The US History We Are Not Taught


Posted: November 11, 2012 at 1:57 a.m.

Several years ago on a trip out west, I saw a catchy message on a “ T-shirt beneath a picture of some obviously unhappy Native Americans holding rifles. The caption read: “Homeland Security: Fighting terrorism since 1492.” At fi rst the slogan is good for a chuckle and even sympathy, combined with the uncomfortable knowledge our ancestors may have been some of those early terrorists. But generally we Americans tend to think of the nation’s cowboy and Indian period as something akin to romantic fi ction and leave it at that. What we are not taught, largely because we don’t really want to face the story in any depth and detail, is the real history of how our relatives of European descent conquered and replaced those who were already here.

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Opinion, Pages 15 on 11/11/2012

There's a lot of history we aren't taught about the Native Americans and about other situations too.
Hardlly anybody knows about the 1899-1902 War in the Philippines where the U.S. fought against what might have been the first democratic government in Asia under President Emilio Aguinaldo.
A horrible war.
The U.S. did not give independence to the Philippines until 1946.

Posted by: Coralie

November 18, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"After the U.S. Revolution, Cornplanter was a chief
He told the tribe these men they could trust: that was his true belief.
He went down to Independence Hall and there was a treaty signed
That promised peace with the U.S.A. and Indian rights combined
George Washington gave his signature, the Government gave its hand;
They said that now and forever more that this was Indian land.
And there has been a liar in the White House ever since, even now"

Posted by: JailBird

November 18, 2012 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


You know anything about the people we happened to be fighting there? It wasn't a onesided evil imperialist excursion. We were there to begin with as a result of the Spanish American War.

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 18, 2012 at 11:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Have you read the full story, Tank?
I remember that you said you are a student of history.

Posted by: Coralie

November 19, 2012 at 5:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Which part? The one where insurgents were collaborating with the Japanese or murdering American servicemen?

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 19, 2012 at 5:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think you are mixing up the 1899 war with something that happened during WWII, 40+ years later.

Posted by: Coralie

November 20, 2012 at 3:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Since the USA is always at war with someone, its easy to mix them up.

Posted by: JailBird

November 20, 2012 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


The insurgency lasted much longer than the war at the turn of the century.

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 20, 2012 at 7:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What people fail to understand that the same Indians that many of the Europeans fought and killed ....some of them were the same Indians that wiped out some other peaceful tribes of Indians. Throughout history there are groups of good people and bad people and those inbetween. What it all boils down to is that whatever group you are in Indian, European, African, at one time were conquerors. Look at your pre European history in America people and you will find out it is so.

Posted by: ankarankar

November 20, 2012 at 9:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"I am willing to be enslave and conquer other human beings if I am paid enough money for doing so, but my admission of this is honest unlike most democrats."---ME

Posted by: JailBird

November 22, 2012 at 5:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )