In the last post, we discussed Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, the fall of the Aztec and Inca Empires, and the terrible diseases that plagued the New World. However, now that this New World, the Americas, have been “discovered”, it’s about time that European societies get interested. Up until this point in time, Europeans saw these two continents as nothing but a burden, obstacles in the way to easy trading markets in China and India. To understand the colonization of America, we have to understand the colonial movements of some of the important European powers.
Anyone who has taken a United States History course knows that sometimes, well, most of the time, we eliminate and “forget” to write down the lows of American History. Not many high school text books discuss the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had made a decision to not to bomb railways used to transport prisoners to Auschwitz during World War 2, a controversial topic you can read more about here. But, there are five themes in United States history that can be seen in any high school or college history course.
Before I begin, realize that this is a list containing baggage belonging to some of the most famous and cherished people in history. I have done research on some of the most respected and beloved figures in history textbooks around the world and have compiled this list to show the side of “good” historical people that the books don’t know of or wish to explain. Not every human is perfect, but sometimes it gets to a point where readers forget that even the “best” of mankind has some serious personal issues under their skin. I asked for people’s opinions, and I got a rather lengthy list of names as a result. Thus, I give to you, five of the most overrated people in history — five men who are remembered for what they did good who should also be at least noted for what they did bad. In some cases, history has just been plain wrong about what these five have done.