There were really two great posts today on Lincoln and Guerrero the first Black North American President. I urge everyone to read them. I do not know who shared the Lincoln post from The Root but thank you. Askim thank you for the article about Mexican President Guerrero. I never heard of Guerrero.

What’s amazing is how did I not know this Mexican president then I realized except for Pierre Trudeau I cannot name any other past Canadian Prime Minister. Yet I can name a bunch of English Prime Ministers Chamberline, Churchill, Thatcher, Blair, Cameron and May. I know Justin Trudeau is the Canadian PM.

One thing that scared me about the Guerrero post was I always was taught the Alamo was for Texan independence not slavery. What’s worse is I thought Davy Crockett AND Daniel Boone died there. Until today I always believed they were BFFs fighting next to each other. I checked the Alamo and Davy Crockett was there but Daniel Boones name was not there.

I thought and said to myself I loved Daniel Boone show with Fess Parker in syndication in the first grade. Note Daniel Boone has or maybe is still airing on MeTV oddly I have had no desire to watch again. Then I realized Fess Parker played both men. In my mind I may have merged the two men as one since both were played by Parker.

Now this concerns me. Until today I would have said both men were believers in equality. Crockett I read was vehemently opposed to Andrew Jackson’s plan on moving American Indians, with Alamo about slavery I assume Crockett was proslavery. I will google this later. . Then looking up Boone I discovered he was a slave owner at various points.

As a kid watching Daniel Boone I believed he was antislaveryand believed in equal rights.

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The shows of both Crockett and Boone were obviously Disney mythmaking. Yet until I googled and read the articles believed the myths as well as the Lincoln myth of slavery.

There is a song in Jesus Christ Superstar, the theme song in fact had a portion about Jesus the myth and the man. That line and concept always stuck with me.

Today I recall that line. I believed the myths about Lincoln, Boone and Crockett. I took myth for fact. What other historical facts do I believe are really myths.

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I went to Catholic schools from 1st through grad school. How is it in all those nearly two decades I learned the myths about Alamo and Lincoln. Did Disney (I believe the made both series) make these Boone and Crockett bigger then what they were. Since I cannot recall any teachers mentioning their names. Although somehow I thought both men were at the Alamo.

Are these two men even taught today in schools.

Why were we taught especially for Lincoln a myth. Why isn’t there a stronger push to not take the easy way out by teaching myths. Yet I wonder if most grade school to high school history teachers just also believe myths are the facts.

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Oh Boone was associated and lived through American Revolution while Crockett is associated with the Alamo. That would be the equivalet of a WW2 soldier fighting alongside a Afghan War soldier in 2004. Yet I believed they fought together at the Alamo.

I feel so historically ignorant and scared that what I believe are historical facts are myths.

Ever feel this way?

Oh scroll down and read both articles.