There’s still a big question mark over the history of the United States. Fake news has been around us for many years and maybe it’s time to debunk some of those myths. So, read on to discover the most enduring American myths you shouldn’t believe.
1. A young George Washington “cannot tell a lie.”
According to the cherry tree myth, when George Washington was just six years old, he chopped down his father’s cherry tree with a hatchet. When his father asked him about it, George supposedly confessed to everything, claiming “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.”
However, it turns out that this iconic story about the value of honesty first appeared in an 1806 autobiography of George Washington, whose writer admitted that he was just trying to show how our most beloved president’s “unparalleled rise and elevation were due to his Great Virtues.”