American History X
We’ve all been there. In elementary school, you learn about how wonderful and happy history is. How beautiful the cultures and landmarks of the world are. You see the maps. You hear the languages. You learn about all the great accomplishments of those who came before us. You choose your heroes.
Then middle school rolls around and you start to learn that history has had its darker moments. There were wars, most of which we still feel the impacts of today. Tribes were relocated and killed. Languages and cultures were exterminated. But still, most people in power did their best to move forward together.
By the time you get to history class in high school, you learn the truth. Humans are pretty awful. We fear our differences, we are threatened by dissenters, freedom of speech is a severely limited term, and even your childhood heroes had their dark sides.
Sometimes it’s hard to even keep faith in our own species after we learn about the circumstances that led us to here and now. You turn on the TV and it reconfirms all your fears. Maybe that’s why history isn’t the most popular subject in school.
Unfortunately, we have some bad news for you. Even all those terrible things you learned weren’t the worst facts.
American Prison Camps
Andersonville POW camp in Georgia. During the American Civil War 45,000 Union soldier were put into Andersonville prison. 13,000 soldiers died. Most of the land was a swamp. There wasn’t enough space, shelter, food, or water. People were dying of dysentery and cholera, not to mention the accounts of cannibalism. I had never heard of it until I watched Hell on Wheels. (thisisme413)
Mexicans were blamed for the Great Depression, so INS rounded up as many people of Mexican descent as possible and sent them to Mexico without due process. An estimated 1.2 million were US Citizens. (KevinBaconAndEggs)
This happened to my grandpa! He was born in 1924 in Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents, I don’t remember the exact details but at around 8 years old he and his family were sent to Mexico and he didn’t return until about 1948. (SensualCuttlefish)
Operation Wetback was a similar operation implemented in the 50’s that ended up causing a lot of American citizens to be wrongfully deported to Mexico. The name itself is pretty f**ked. (2long4shorts)
Sh*t….I hope history doesn’t repeat itself . I would be in the same boat as your grandfather. (Kingnugget214)
Just how insanely long it took household Lead products to be banned. Recently watched the Cosmos episode on it, and basically what it does is give you a shitton of painful side effects until you basically either die or go insane. Not only did the Lead and fuel lobbyists manage to convince the public that lead wasnt a problem for decades, but they also hired scientists to promote their goals on it! Its crazy! (Lolcat1945)
And if you look at the crime stats over the decades, the kids born during this epidemic were more likely to be violent. In fact, most of the famous serial killers were from either the 70s or 80s (RebornMarsupial)
More chilling facts about America’s dark history ahead. Keep reading.