by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Those among us that follow history long ago came to the conclusion that much of what we were taught as “history” really wasn’t. Much of it was propaganda parading as history. Much of it ended up compromising the truth in order to present to us a world view that was neither historical or accurate and which was intended to lead us down a historical garden path.
It is impossible for us in our day to have a correct historical world view if what we have been taught as history turns out to be inaccurate–and the inaccuracy often turns out to be on purpose. Unknowing inaccuracy can be excused. Willful inaccuracy is treason to the truths of history.
In this mode, I want to deal with the American Historical Association. It is, so we are told, “the oldest and largest society of historians and professors of history in the United States.” The group was founded in 1884 and received a congressional charter in 1889.
Its first president was Andrew Dickson White. You might be tempted to say “Well, that’s interesting, but so what?” Stay tuned. You will find out.
Historian Antony C. Sutton wrote a book that was published by Liberty House Press in 1986 called America’s Secret Establishment–An introduction to The Order of Skull & Bones. From what I can find, this book is still available from an outfit called http://www.trineday.com which seems to have lots of books for sale that would not fit the mode of the ruling historical establishment.
If you can get this book, you need to read about The Order of Skull & Bones. There are connections to the American Historical Association.
Sutton who was a research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, from 1968 to 1973, has noted, on page 1 of this book that: “During the past one hundred years any theory of history or historical evidence that falls outside a pattern established by the American Historical Association and the major foundations with their grant-making power has been attacked or rejected–not on the basis of any evidence presented, but on the basis of the acceptability of the argument to the so-called Eastern Liberal Establishment and its official historical line. There is an Establishment history,, an official history, which dominates history textbooks, trade publishing, the media and library shelves. The official line always assumes that events such as wars, revolutions, scandals, assassinations, are more or less random unconnected events. By definition events can NEVER be the result of a conspiracy, they can never result from predetermined planned action.”
In other words if the history does not conform to the Establishment version of “history” it just gets ignored, or attacked, depending on which works best. You might say that the history you are subjected to has been sanitized so that you only get what the Establishment (Deep State) wants you to get and you are subtly warned away from anything other than that. It sort of works like a literary version of shadow banning, something my blogs on the internet have been the victims of.
You recall that I noted earlier that Andrew Dickson White had been the first president of the American Historical Association? Andrew Dickson White was a member of The Order of Skull & Bones.
Sutton observed on page 62 that: “In the 1850s, three members of The Order (of Skull & Bones) left Yale and working together, at times with other members along the way, made a revolution that changed the face, direction and purpose of American education. It was a rapid, quiet revolution and eminently successful. The American people even today, in 1983, are not aware of a coup d’etat. The revolutionary trio were: Timothy Dwight (49) Professor in the Yale Divinity School and then 12th President of Yale University. Daniel Coit Gilman (52) first President of University of California, first President of Johns Hopkins University and first President of the Carnegie Institution. Andrew Dickson White (53),, first President of Cornell University and first President of the American Historical Association. This notable trio were all initiated into The Order within a few years of each other… They immediately set off for Europe. All three went to study philosophy at the University of Berlin, where post-Hegelian philosophy had a monopoly.”
Do you begin to see the leftward direction our history education started taking in this country as early as the 1850s? Most of the Establishment “history” we have been taught since that time ain’t really history. It’s what passes for history, presented to you by people who have a vested interest in making sure you don’t accidentally stumble on too much real history. And all this started before the War of Northern Aggression. Do you begin now to see why our history regarding that horrible struggle has been so blatantly off in left field? The real truth about that doesn’t fit the Establishment line, so it has to be buried and us poor rubes have to be taught that it was really a war to “free the slaves.” And, if the “evil” South gets destroyed in that narrative, why so much the better.
Most of what our kids get taught about our history in public schools and universities would better be described as political drivel. We had best be about teaching our kids to look for other sources of historical material than those recommended by the Establishment. Otherwise our kids will learn no real history at all. And removing them from state schools is a great place to start. The Establishment’s version of our “history” is guaranteed to be the death knell for upcoming generations if we do not work to reverse that trend and make sure the kids start getting real history.