This website came in response to the realization of gaping holes in my own personal knowledge of basic American history. These untold stories weren't even taught to friends who were history majors.
I am a painter, not a historian, and for the key sources of my research I sought out physical archival documents and materials to serve as credible evidence of past events. Ironically, the U.S. Library of Congress archives preserves the mother lode of artifacts from our "forgotten" history: documents, manuscripts, photos, posters, engravings, letters, speeches, proclamations and more.
US history paints a picture informing us on how our nation got to where we are today. History can never be rewritten. We have no choice but to live with our past. In this new age of disinformation, we must learn the unvarnished truth about American history in order to shape a better future.
Each section/page in this website’s menu represents various historical topics: Columbus, Slavery, Natives, Civil War, Reconstruction, Asian Americans and Civil Rights Era. The Resources section provides a reading list for adults and a separate list of books appropriate for teaching children. Also listed on the Resources page are organizations, services, museums, cultural centers and more.
This website will remain a work in progress with new content continually added, so please keep checking back. Many thanks in your interest.
About the art piece:
US History (forgotten) is a 4x4 foot collage of oil paintings and mixed media on canvas. (Oil paint, canvas, feathers, leather, twine, thread, ribbon, fabric, rice paper, wire, cotton bolls, sewing pins, safety pins, paper clips, binder clip, brass nail, paper tag and duct tape.
48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Many are surprised that Columbus never set foot in North America. Columbus deserves credit as being the father of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, with its extreme violence. Why do we have a US national holiday in his honor?
Where are our indigenous people? Some history books try to whitewash US history by claiming devastation due to disease. It is shocking to read the hateful and callous words in speeches, even by some of our most revered US presidents, documenting the genocide.
Inhumanity hits rock bottom.
Hundreds of landmark US.buildings, universities and churches were built with the literal blood, sweat and tears of slaves - even the White House. Many US founding fathers accepted, practiced and defended racial slavery and benefited from the free labor it provided.
Most Americans don't know that the Civil War was fought over slavery. The Confederacy's founders even spell it out in historical documents yet our textbooks and schools fail to teach it.
Arguably America's first great heroes, the Underground Railroad was a clandestine network of routes and safe houses whereby enslaved persons, sometimes aided by abolitionists, risked everything to help tens of thousands escape to freedom.
Emancipation was proclaimed, but freedom was still denied.
California's Jim Crow laws restricted civil liberties and rights of Asian Americans: due process, employment, education, holding office, marriage, voting, owning property, where you could live, segregation, and more.
Perhaps our nation's earliest version of children in cages, the US government issued a “compulsory attendance” law authorizing federal officers to forcibly take Native children from their parents and adopted them out to white people.
Tulsa had a thriving, prosperous black community - until police literally annihilated it. Why do history books fail to mention this 35 block massacre and bombing?
All four are white men who supported Native genocide, and two were slaveholders. Jefferson alone enslaved over 600 human beings in his lifetime, including 4 of his own children. The sculptor who did the carving had KKK ties. The site of Mt. Rushmore was the ancestral land belonging to several tribes of Sioux. After the discovery of gold there, the US broke their own 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie and forced the tribes off their land. Who are the real heroes of this story?
... is the name of the collage in the above photo, She represents the African diaspora (separation from ancestral homeland). Her figure, hair and face celebrates African femininity, in contrast to the classical Greek and Roman feminine ideal. Click button to leave this website and learn more about the artwork.
No history is mute. No matter how much they burn it, no matter how much they break it, no matter how much they lie to it, the history of man refuses to keep its mouth shut. The time that was is still beating, alive, within the time that is. Even if the time that is does not want it or does not know it.
No hay historia muda. Por mucho que la quemen, por mucho que la rompan, por mucho que la mientan, la historia humana se niega a callarse la boca. El tiempo que fue sigue latiendo, vivo, dentro del tiempo que es, aunque el tiempo que es no lo quiera o no lo sepa.
- Eduardo Galeano
Uruguayan journalist, writer, champion of social justice us history american history african american history
Stars and Stripes
Installation (canvas, granite, wood, hemp)
5 x 9' us history american history african american history
Look beneath the history of our country ... What we choose to ignore will never go away. us history american history african american history