What do you think are the biggest myths in world history? I’m trying to put together a good list to help this public school teacher develop a class assignment and can use your help.
A recent email from a reader of the blog made this request:
I teach a 9th grade world history class and I’d like to have them attempt to prove/refute some myths of history. I discovered your site and thought I’d give this a try. I’m going to show them your piece about Gutenberg and the printing press as a template for exploring historical myths. Any help or suggestions you could provide about other topics would be appreciated. I’m looking for anything I can investigate from the 1500s to the late 18th century. Thanks
Here’s a few good ones to get things started:
- The myth of the first thanksgiving being a happy, friendly, wonderful time (1600s)
- That Columbus proved the world was round (~1500)
What are some favorite world history myths you know and might be appropriate for a high school project? Bonus points if it’s 1500 to 1800, but any good ones are welcome.
Please leave a comment if you have ideas – thanks!