Although the United States is responsible for a lot of good things, it is also responsible for a lot of bad things. In order to be better citizens, it is necessary to confront our past in its entirety. These are 25 Shocking Moments Of US History You Might Not Know About.
George Washington’s genocidal tendencies
Just to give you an idea, Washington’s nickname in the Iroquois language roughly translates to “Town Destroyer” or “Devourer of Villages.”
White flight (20th century)
Contrary to Europe, in the United States most wealthy residents live in suburbs while the more urban neighborhoods are poor and run down. This is a result of wealthy white citizens moving out of racially mixed urban neighborhoods and into “all white” suburban neighborhoods during the 50’s and 60’s. This trend is reversing now, but it has led to talk of “gentrification.”
This herbicide was used by the US military during the Vietnam War to get rid of foliage in order to better spot the Viet Kong. Although the US government refused to acknowledge it for quite some time, Agent Orange continues to have devastating effects on both the Vietnamese and the veterans who fought in the war.
San Francisco’s early history
It started out during the gold rush and was mostly populated by thieves, pirates, and prostitutes. The US Army nearly invaded once, and the city was burned to the ground by pirates several times. It was a lawless place.
Also known as “torture by proxy,” this is when the US government extradites a prisoner to a third country where torture is legal.