10 Myths About American History That Have Now Been Debunked

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Many of us may think we know our American history – and that what we’ve learned is indisputably true. But some of the most well-known assertions about U.S. history aren’t quite as accurate as you may have been led to believe. Take these ten enduring myths, for example…

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10. Slaves alone built the White House

Some believe that the White House was entirely built by slaves. And it would indeed be a bitter irony if enslaved peoples had solely built the home of the presidents of the United States of America – the self-styled land of the free. But although there is some truth at the heart of this myth, it is nevertheless a touch inaccurate.

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In fact, although African-American slaves certainly played their part in the construction of the White House, the workforce was a mixed one. Those involved in the making of the famous home included stone masons from Scotland, European immigrant laborers from the surrounding area and craftspeople from Virginia and Maryland. However, the sorry truth is that even though the men who toiled to build the White House were not all slaves, some certainly were.

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