Let's take Native American history for example. When told from a white man perspective, do you think it reads the same as from a Native American perspective? History is history, is it not? We conquered them in battle and then we gave them land to build their "new" lives on. Such benevolent conquerors.
But we devastated their culture, took away their real lands and lied on most if not every treaty we made with the Native Americans. Is that the same history from both sides of the equation? Bear in indthat history is typically written/recorded by the winners.
Consider next the enormous economic and industrial expansion that is the hallmark of the U.S.A.. Consider the industrialists here in the US that were known as Robber Barons - people that would do anything to get rich. Here is a list of some -
The people here are listed as Robber Barons or in the various sources,
- John Jacob Astor (real estate, fur) – New York
- Andrew Carnegie (steel) – Pittsburgh and New York
- William A. Clark (copper) – Butte, Montana
- Jay Cooke (finance) – Philadelphia
- Charles Crocker (railroads) – California
- Daniel Drew (finance) – New York
- James Buchanan Duke (tobacco) – Durham, North Carolina
- Marshall Field (retail) – Chicago
- James Fisk (finance) – New York
- Henry Morrison Flagler (Standard Oil, railroads) – New York and Florida
- Henry Clay Frick (steel) – Pittsburgh and New York
- John Warne Gates (barbed wire, oil) – Texas
- Jay Gould (railroads) –New York
- Edward Henry Harriman (railroads) – New York
- James J. Hill (fuel, coal, steamboats, railroads) - St Paul, Minnesota
- Charles T. Hinde (railroads, water transport, shipping, hotels) – Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, California
- Mark Hopkins (railroads) – California
- Collis Potter Huntington (railroads) – California
- Lars Kovala (land speculator, railroads) – California, Wisconsin, Michigan
- Andrew W. Mellon (finance, oil) – Pittsburgh
- J. P. Morgan (finance, industrial consolidation) – New York
- John Cleveland Osgood (coal mining, iron) – Colorado
- Henry B. Plant (railroads) – Florida
- John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil) – Cleveland, New York
- Henry Huttleston Rogers (Standard Oil; copper), New York.
- Charles M. Schwab (steel) – Pittsburgh and New York
- Joseph Seligman (banking) – New York
- John D. Spreckels (water transport, railroads, sugar) – California
- Leland Stanford (railroads) – California
- Cornelius Vanderbilt (water transport, railroads) – New York
- Charles Tyson Yerkes (street railroads) – Chicago
- Surely there are some recognizable names there. Their businesses provided much of the growth that helped make the U.S.A.the wealthy giant we are today, but their business practices would in many cases be illegal, immoral or both. But that is rarely discussed because of how their history was written.
Times were different back then. It was the time of colonial expansion around the world. AT one time or another world powers included Spain, Portugal, Holland and of course England. The landscape is much different these days.
Now, more than ever, alternative histories that attempt to tell the whole story are appearing. Gain the full historical perspective on any given time/event. Not surprisingly there is some resistance in certain quarters. Be sure to check multiple sources just as you should for news about current events. Remember - if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it - or at least repeat its errors.
One final thought - it is not my intent to question every historical record - I am merely suggesting that you exercise caution and use good sense when studying history.. Now please excuse me while I research aligator canons..
Now more than ever alternative histories oare appearing. Histories that tell a full story - offering both sides of events. Now you can read the whole story and gain the perspective of both sides in the story. Of course, that is a source of severe consternation for some, and simply righting a wrong to others. It is up to you to decide where you fall in that equation.