Howard Zinn's book also had factual problems. Zinn discussed the story of a woman named Polly Baker who got into trouble for having a child out of wedlock. Zinn's story was supposed to display traditional morality in a negative light. There is a big problem with the Polly Baker story: it never actually occurred, and was proven to be a hoax.
Leading historians have issued scathing criticisms of the shoddy scholarship in this book. For example, Harvard history professor Oscar Handlin spoke of "the deranged quality of this fairy tale, in which the incidents are made to fit the legend, no matter how intractable the evidence." But some liberals tried to paint Zinn's opponents as uninformed. For example, when Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said that Zinn's book was not fit to teach history in schools, historical revisionists tried to portray him as anti-intellectual.
However, Governor Daniels was right: our children should not be forced to read made-up history. The anti-intellectual ones are those who rewrite history to fit their ideology.
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