There is a terrific article out yesterday on Why the GOP hates U.S. history: Inconvenient truths that freak out American conservatives.
It's a good to great read.
Full of those pesky facts, it tells of a few fairly incredible instances of where people on the Right (I like to call it "The Wrong") and in the Republican Party, specifically, keep either rewriting or trying to rewrite American history to fit their own ideas or preferences.
I think a lot of Kansas Citians suffer from this same mentality, clearly, especially regarding race as evidenced by people I've met or whom I know--some even in my own family, frankly--as well as the commenters of some blogs in town.
All that said, I think the best part of the article, for me, is this about that Right Wing rewrite of America's racial history, especially concerning blacks, African-Americans in the US, slavery and where we all are now, mostly economically and financially: