10 Myths in American History You Probably Believe

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.”

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  1. Peter Gentling

    Lincoln was faced with a difficult congress. He realized he could not abolish slavery at the time he made this speech. Credit Lincoln for abiding his time. Do not denigrate this fine, excellent president because of his seeming reluctance to abolish slavery. Lincoln was, above all, a consummate politician. Personally he detested slavery. He waited patiently for the right moment for the abolition amendment.