Time for a little Fourth of July Weekend blogging, and I'll start by pointing everyone to Will Wilkinson's tribute to John Jay, and a follow-up from Matt Yglesias.
I think the more general point here is that we're still living in the shadow of American apartheid, even now. After all, most baby boomers (and those from earlier generations) learned a version of history, at least up through high school, that pretty much swallowed whole the South's interpretation of race in US history. I suppose the most obvious starting point to this is the reputations of Grant and Lee, but it really affects the full sweep of US history, at least up to the 1950s.
Just to be clear: traditional history got a lot of things right. And this isn't about purging every slaveholder from the pages of the history books. It's about, at least in the first instance, getting the history right.
So I think I'll just throw out a question: what do you remember learning in grade school or high school (or, I suppose, college) history classes in American history that you now believe was totally wrong?