Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions

It’s a giant list.  And I’ll give you one that I particularly like, as an American History-tard.  “Abraham Lincoln‘s Emancipation Proclamation did not immediately free all American slaves, just those in the rebelling area (i.e. most of the South). Since that area did not recognize the power of the Federal government, few slaves were freed by the Proclamation.  Regions in the South that were under Union control when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued were not affected by it. These regions were: Tennessee, southern Louisiana, and parts of Virginia.”  Oh take that Abe Lincoln and your useless Enamcipation Proclamation!  I always thought that was a good conversation starter at parties and bars, which is why no one ever wanted to talk to me.  [List of Misconceptions]

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