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Page 17, at George Mason University, 2008-2010

 “History as we know it is a lie.”

I first heard that around 1997 in a TV series called “Dark Skies”. Wow, those episodes sure made it believable, weaving fact(?) and fiction-that-could-be and real songs to fit the era.

Some mover and shaker killed it with the worst possible time slot. That usually happens with things that aren’t cookie-cutter same as the usual fare. It only lasted 20 episodes instead of the 100 or so, five ‘chapters’ of the complete story as planned.

Nonetheless, it kindled my interest as a career option. And, as they say, about the ‘industry’, you can always teach.

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So, I’m working on my thesis and distracted, worrying about how am I going to pay off the student loans. Sigh. It can’t be helped.

I keep remembering “Dark Skies” and how I keep discovering lies my teachers handed me in high school. And the real story.

1. The American rebels started their revolution and couldn’t reach their goal without the help of the French navy.

2. I’ll come back to the 19th C later, there’s so much about the government corruption during the Railroad Era. From presidents through all levels of government to the lowest slime mold on Wall St.

3. World War One was bogged down in 1916. Wilson was running for re-election and the Democratic Party favored the slogan, “He kept us out of war.” The adversaries were tired and probably would have settled for a negotiated peace. President Wilson had received an envoy from the British Government with the grim message, if they lost the war, they could never pay out their reparations, the pound sterling would be anathema and the financial world would be in chaos.

What an opportunity for his legacy, even better than his signings. So he led the U.S. into a stupid war and prolonged it needlessly. Ref. The Memoirs of William Jennings Bryan (completed by his widow). esp. Volume two.

(I only have a secondary source and no corroboration of an alleged secret treaty.)

Wilson oversaw the passage of progressive legislative policies unparalleled until the New Deal in 1933.

  • Income Tax (re 16th Amendment
  • Federal Reserve Act
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Clayton Antitrust Act
  • Adamson Act
  • Smith-lever Act of 1914
  • Federal Farm Loan Act

There are at least two more but I have to verify. Also on his watch was

  • 17th Amendment, direct election of senators
  • 18th Amendment, Prohibition, Wilson vetoed it, Congress voted it in
  • 19th Amendment, women’s suffrage

I specialized in the Progressive Era but you must have the backstory and the reactionary backlash to have a comprehensive thesis.


My reading of history convinces me that most
bad government results from too much government.
— Thomas Jefferson

IP

 

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