By Torrance Grey on March 10, 2018
Some people say that American history is pretty darn easy, because there's "only" 240 years of it, as compared to the poor Chinese, British, or Syrians, who have to learn 5,000 years apiece. However, this erases not just the history of the colonial period before America became an independent nation, it also erases the Native American history that goes back much further to when humanity first trod between these shining seas. We must not forget figures like Hiawatha, an Iroquois leader whose ideas inspired the Founders, King Philip's War in the mid to late 1600's, or the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620. America's history is as old as anywhere else's, and it has the ruins, the oral, and the written history to prove it.
Still, there's an awful lot of action packed into the last 240 years, and simply getting to grips with that is a good place to begin. American history is often very badly taught, as scholars like James W. Loewen and Howard Zinn have shown us, tending to erase the contributions of women and people of color, and sometimes totally misstating facts: for example, Manhattan was not purchased for 24 beads. So let's see how well you know what actually went down!