People Share Historical Facts That'll Never Be Taught In School

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Why is this information a secret?

Why is so much of life history "lost" in omission? There are far too many lessons we discovery entirely too late. Maybe it's because each society tries to bleach it's more somber parts in order to not bring down the youth's positivity; or maybe we're just scared of owning the sins of the past. The truth will always out and there is never a perfect time. History is imperative and better to teach it and then together learn from it. There is a history lesson unto itself.

Redditor u/neongenesis112 wanted to everyone to spread the word about lessons from the past that schools seem to be overlooking by asking..... What facts about history will never be taught in school?

Tulsa.

The Tulsa Race Massacre. In the early 1920s Tulsa Oklahoma had a very affluent black neighborhood called black wall street. Basically many African Americans were doing better financially than whites. White folks were angry about their success and wanted their land.

An African american was wrongly accused of assault by a white girl and the whites used this as an excuse to attack the neighborhood including dropping bombs from WWI era planes. Many were killed and beaten. Over 10,000 people were left homeless due to houses and businesses being burned down. This is the greatest single incident of racial violence in US history. Big_Apple-3A_M

Comfort Women. 

The Japanese military kidnapped hundreds (if not thousands) of Korean and Chinese women during WWII. Some Japanese women were even drafted to be comfort women, but they didn't know what they were being drafted for until they were there. It's actually a pretty common thing in many wars, because the military wants to keep the soldiers "pure".

By kidnapping these women, they know that they aren't riddled with STD's. It's very sad, especially because when the war is over, many of the camps are cleared and these women are forced to find their way back home, without even knowing the war is over. If they aren't too afraid or ashamed to go back home, they're usually turned away from their families because they are so ashamed of what happened. h-dollaz

WW1....

Turkey genocide of Armenians. ghostofshavlik

Those stats just kinda get tossed in with WW1, so they don't really stand out. Until you look and see that it didn't have anything to do with the actual war. " Hey everyone is pretty busy with the Germans, let's get rid of these Armenians." bigboog1

The Ukraine. 

The Holodomor (Ukrainian genocide) where millions of Ukrainians starved because of government control of farms. LucidPretzel

In my province it was taught until my last year of junior high (grade 9/ 2009). Our textbooks were surprisingly graphic and showed photos of families that resorted to cannibalism. Now they're pretty much just focusing on Canadian history from what I understand. taakoyakiii

See you in Jersey....

John Wilkes booth's brother saved Lincoln's son Robert Todd Lincoln. Robert Lincoln was traveling by train from New York to Washington. He got off the train during a stop at Jersey City; He saw that the platform was extremely crowded. In order to be polite and wait his turn. he pressed his back to one of the train's cars. about 30-60 seconds later the train started to move!

The train wiped him down and dropped him into the space between the platform and train. Abe's son would have died, if a stranger hadn't yanked him out of the hole by his collar. The stranger was Edwin Booth a Good actor in the 19th century and the brother of John Wilkes Booth. John Wilkes booth was the guy that killed Abe only a few years later. WhyDoILoveYT

By Conrad....

The Heart of Darkness is based in the Congo Free State, which was presided over by King Leopold II of Belgium. Conrad wrote the story in part as a critique not just of European imperialism but also of the atrocities and crimes against humanity perpetuated during that time. It is estimated that between 5-10 million of a roughly 20 million population died during Belgian rule of the Congo Free State due to a combination of famine, disease, and forced labor.

Belgium enriched itself through forced slavery and coercion, using strict quotas for the harvest of natural rubber, and an individual failing to meet a quota was punishable by death. For me personally, we read the book in high school, but we never learned the historical context or about King Leopold's part in all of this. CynicalSamaritan

Lies.

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The CIA proposed committing a false flag terror attack which included shooting down a fake passenger jet as an excuse to invade Cuba. JFK rejected the operation. SeeYouWednesday

"that year"

My Chinese tour guides who were in their mid-twenties did not know about the Tiananmen Square Massacre and Tank Man. They looked at us time we had three heads when we asked about is during our visit. RoughWedding

Chinese government goes great lengths to censor any mention about 4th June on the internet and it is not taught in school. I've read an article that said that before the anniversary lots of Chinese websites go offline as to not trigger the firewall that blocks any mention about it. The words that could trigger the firewall could be obviously Tiananmen, but also "that year" or "May 35". anhedonie

Romans/Saxons/Vikings etc...

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That you need to remove the whole "good guys" and "bad guys" mentality and actually learn to accept different moral standards of the past.

E.g. in UK schools when the empire is covered it's from a perspective of how bad and evil it was, yet when it comes to Romans/Saxons/Vikings etc... It's more about what happened and the consequences without any direct judgement given.

The Romans are covered for their historical impact to the British Isles, not condemned for their brutal suppression of the natives.

Vice versa, in WWII it's all about how great the allies where in defeating the Axis, they would never cover stuff such as the Dresden bombings. Reddit

Hey Mama....

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Mother Theresa. She is known for being this pure, spiritual, and good person. However, she thought suffering brought people closer to God, so she denied patients painkillers in her hospitals. She also believed in prayer more than medicine, so the treatment wasn't as good as in normal hospitals. Result: Her hospitals had more suffering and a really high death rate.

Bonus: When she got really ill herself she took painkillers and modern medicine. Crowbarmagic

Captain Sleepybeard.

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Captain Bartholomew Roberts the pirate gave his pirate crew a bedtime, gotta have your eight hours so you can make that pillaging tomorrow! lankylegendhours

For the Potassium? 

The US government went to war in Guatemala over bananas. InternationalOne0

The civil war is closely intertwined with the banana issue. Propped up dictators backed by the US (in order to cheaply secure agricultural imports, as well as stem the flow of communism, and many other reasons) were in constant conflict with other members of the nation. BelgarathTheSorcerer

The Nephew. 

Hitler's nephew served for the US in WW2. DeputyDirectorB

Before he served he actually did a speaking tour using the "Hitler's nephew" angle to drum up awareness of what the Nazis were doing. When I first heard of him (in the early 2000's) he was still alive. ScarletCaptain

The Lost Children. 

About the Lost children of Francoism. These children were abducted from Republican parents who were either in jail or had been assassinated by Nationalist troops during the Spanish Civil War and Francoist Spain. These children were then given to families that would practice Catholicism and nationalism. However this lasted after 1975, when Franco died. By then this practice was already a trafficking business run by nuns, doctors and nurses.

My mum is a Lost children and she has told me that almost anyone has found their parents. nobitanobii

Harsh Truth.

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Native Americans weren't granted citizenship until the 1920s. SunDosed

The Son. 

Stalin son killed himself in a concentration camp yet Stalin mocked him until his death. Aresslayer24

What makes it even more tragic is that the Germans offered a prisoner exchange but Stalin just mocked his son and outright refused. TareasS

Erasing Race....

That Argentina pretty much eliminated the black race. They had ways to get rid of the men first. Not as much for the women though. Once the male to female ratio drastically dropped (Black population) the women were pretty much forced to sleep with white men, in order to wash out the "Black". The Black population was so low, the Argentine government pretty much removed the "Black" option as a race. Crazy how they succeed. LoneWolfTexan

Central Park, in New York....

Central Park, in New York, was created under eminent domain and razed a predominantly black and Irish community called Seneca Village. Most of the inhabitants were compensated but many felt they did not receive fair market value.

According to the Louise Chipley Slavicek, author of New York's Central Park, the pro-park lobby were largely "affluent merchants, bankers and landowners", who wanted a "fashionable and safe public place where they and their families could mingle and promenade".

[One source] (https://www.citymetric.com/skylines/new-york-destroyed-village-full-african-american-landowners-create-central-park-893) Qlinkenstein

The Cycle.

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How much in common we have with people of the past. Pictures, sculptures and carvings going all the way back showing sex, drugs, drinking, partying and graffiti that you would see on an abandoned building or train today. The plight of the middle class and class struggles vs the upper class is the same today as for thousands of years.

If we could listen to a court jester, their jokes would ring true today more than likely. Outside of technology making things faster/easier in a sense, were still doing/enjoying/complaining about most of the same things we have been forever. "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it" and "theres nothing new under the sun" is real. SFW_HARD_AT_WORK

The Zoo. 

It took me an anthropology class in college to learn about human zoos. That is zoos where white people paid money to see aboriginal people from various regions in cages. It happened all over the world, including in the bronx zoo in, like, the 1920's. I had never heard about anything like that in any schooling before that, and I doubt most people have. brady201

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