Frankly, many popular stories and grade-school lessons about U.S. History are myths that Americans have perpetuated throughout the centuries. In some cases, they may be half-truths, while in others, they just never happened. How many of us learned about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, and his being unable to lie about it? It is possible that some of these stories have remained fixed in our culture because they produce good citizens, while in others, we relieve our guilt for real or perceived past transgressions. Whatever the case, these myths exist in great measure.
For this forum, you will need to Google “U.S. history myths” and choose a particular myth. Try to mix it up a little bit -- if your peers have examined George Washington's teeth a number of times, choose something a little different. In a minimum of 250 words, introduce your myth and the reality, then explain why you think this it has been immortalized in the American consciousness. For this last part, there is no wrong or right answer. More than anything, I am looking for your opinion.
The initial post is due by Friday at 11:55 PM ET. You are also required to respond to three of your classmates by 11:55 PM ET on Sunday. Your responses should be at least 100 words in length.
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Reading the description for this forum in regards to George Washington triggered a movie quote
from the film Dazed and Confused. In the film a group of kids discuss how marijuana was a huge
cash crop back in the day and that George Washington would grow it up at the top of Mount
Vernon and sell it to the southern states for a huge profit.
After doing a little research it was proven that George did cultivate hemp at Mount Vernon for
industrial purposes. However, hemp is not the strand of cannabis that individuals use as a
recreational drug. George Washington used the hemp to make rope, sacks, nets, and clothes. He
also cultivated the crop at all 5 of his farms, but did not sell it to the south. He only used the crop
for his plantation's needs. Even though it was discussed that the hemp being cultivated would be
a better asset than tobacco, the plan to export the hemp fell through due to cost and production
I feel that some Americans (mainly the stoners) believe this to be true just because that they
heard it from a famous movie. It is not one of the biggest history myths out there, nonetheless,
still a myth.
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