I have been following this blog for awhile, but when I went to show it to somebody else I realized I hadn’t added it as a link or done a post about it yet. So, this is to point the addition of History Myths Debunked in my blog roll. As history re-enactors we run into a lot of thing people THINK they know about history. Most of which aren’t true or are only partially true. A lot of which comes from real things in history and later people just making assumptions (almost universally faulty) about why and how people further back in history did something. How does this happen? Well, let’s take a future instance I can see coming. Most people alive now remember that dialing 911 for emergencies was well established before the 9/11 attacks. But for people born since the tragedy those two things have always existed. Flash forward say 50 years from the attacks, it’s 2061. People want to talk about ways the country remembered the attacks, someone notices 911 and 9/11 are similar and the next thing you know the chestnut will be passed on that it was introduced to honor the 911 attacks. Is that true? Of course NOT, but people looking back tend to collapse things and make guesses to them, people think of history in terms like this Doctor Who quote “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.”
History Myths Debunked attempts to correct some of these fallacies with a regular post.
A historian associated with Colonial Williamsburg, Mary Miley Theobald has also written a debunking book called Death by Petticoat that is currently sitting in my Amazon shopping cart waiting for my next order. The book and the blog posts do tend to skew a little bit towards earlier history (aka pre-Laura Ingalls Wilder), but I think you will enjoy this blog and encourage you to take a look.