The truth is that, for all its flaws, America is a great nation. There are much more anti-American myths. But this article just refutes six of them.
FThe following are six anti-American myths about this great nation America that are made by leftist anti-American revisionist historians. Many of these claims are taken as basic facts by naive people, who grow up with them.
America is a racist and sexist nation.
Actually, America has actually been built on the principle that everyone has equal rights. In fact, though unfortunately, slavery wasn’t abolished with the founding of America and even though they themselves owned slaves, the Founders still opposed slavery and sought to use their influence to fight slavery. For example, though George Washington did own slaves, he still fought against slavery and he decided to free his slaves after his death. America’s values was what actually set the path for the end of slavery. For Abraham Lincoln, despite owning slaves himself, even fought a whole war to end slavery.
Anti-American revisionist historians point to the three-fifths compromise to “show” that America was racist. It was to count the slave population as three-fifths of a person, though it was later abolished after the Civil War, with the freedom of the slaves. The context is missing. For the ones who didn’t want to count the slaves were the ones who wanted to end it while the ones who did want to count them were the proponents of slavery. While the north wanted to not count the slaves, the south did want to count them.
Why were the opponents of slavery opposed to counting the slaves? The reason why was because not only would it legitimize that evil institution, but it would also give encouragement to slavery. It would’ve given the south a disproportionate amount of power in the political process just for owning slaves. It would’ve given the slave owners more power and could possibly encourage the north to adopt that evil practice. It would’ve given an incentive to the south to not end that institution. So that’s why the opponents of slavery were opposed to counting the slaves. So the three-fifths thing was a compromise so while they would partially be counted, it would also not give the south nearly as much power as it would’ve to fully count them.
In fact, it was thanks to America’s values that black people and women won equal rights. So America wasn’t built on racism or sexism. For in terms of eighteenth and nineteenth century standards, America was the freest nation and is one of the freest nations today. America was built upon freedom and democracy, for those two principles were what represented the Founding Fathers.