20 Myths About American History That Have Now Been Debunked

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Many of us may think we know our American history – and that what we’ve learned is indisputably true. But some of the most well-known assertions about the country’s past aren’t quite as accurate as you may have been led to believe. So from the Wall Street suicides to who invented the first light bulb, let’s explore a few of these myths.

Image: Imperial Japanese Navy / U. S. Navy / 1941

20. American WWII neutrality

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Obviously, the U.S. became fully involved in World War II after Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. But the conflict had actually started over two years earlier with Germany’s invasion of Poland. However, at that point the American government declined to join France and Britain in their declaration of war and so there was a period of nearly two years when the U.S. was officially neutral. But just how strictly was this observed?

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