In the year 1871 Charles Darwin published his ground breaking theory on evolution in the book On The Origin Of species. This book presented the theory of natural selection in which the strong conquer the weak and create incentive for evolution. While Reading Lies My Teacher Told Me Loewen made it apparent that the same thing happens with the recording of history in that the dominant class uses its power to distort the truth.
The only truly great example of the dominant class writing history in this book is the mythos around Christopher Columbus and the native Americans. I say that this is the only great one simply because it is the most legendary series of lies in the country and because Woodrow Wilson’s shortcoming were relatively well documented in the text book that I was taught from. Anyways the reason this one is legendary is because the Europeans may not have ended up writing history on it if it had not been for convenient disease that, according to LMTTM, "wiped out between 90 and 96 percent of the inhabitants of coastal new England."(81) If this had not happened it seems more than likely that the English would have been expelled from the eastern coast without much fight. Yet this did happen and one thing that we deem not good, filthiness, allowed the Europeans to conquer two entire continents that only decades before had been populated by over one hundred million Indians. To the victor goes the spoils is what they say and in this case the spoils were not only immediate gratification but the ability to record what happened in any fashion that suited the victors.
So natural selection plays out among the social classes like it always does. But the thing that we use this for, the creation of inspirational characters puts some sort of intuition into the hearts and mind of the youth of America. This could be seen as the same incentive that natural selection provided except now it is not a fight for survival but to be remembered in...
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