Cracked: 6 Historical Heroes Who Did Awful Things Nobody Talks About
One problem with history is that we tend to view everyone through a modern lens. Thus, the “good guys” surely held all of our modern progressive views. (The Spartans in 300 were all about freedom and democracy, right?)
The reality, of course, is that every real hero had an ugly side, one which was either overshadowed by their heroism or was simply consistent with the general ugliness of the era. Still, you’re not getting a true sense of history if you ignore the fact that …
Do you think highly of George Washington, Winston Churchill, Alexander Graham Bell, Ulysses S. Grant, W.E.B. Du Bois, or the Tibet’s Lamas? Too bad, because they’re all on this list.