Why can't you believe everything you read in a history book?
November 19, 2007 5:36 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for two brief historical accounts of the same event or events, to show how history can be distorted. Bonus points if the events relate to European encounters with indigenous peoples in the Americas.
posted by Dasein to Education (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
It doesn't matter what event or period of history this recounts. I'm just looking for a couple of paragraphs in each account - and it can be as specific as the conduct of the Conquistadors in a particular battle or as broad as the settlement of the American West. The key things is to show how historical events for which we have good documentary evidence can be presented radically differently, especially in a propagandistic way with the more traditional account.
It doesn't really matter if the more modern account is itself not balanced, as long as it's at variance with the first. Thanks very much!