WOW!!!!!!! That's about all I can say about that.
You brought up something toward the end that I was talking about to a class I subbed in Monday. These were "Gifted" 3rd graders. The lesson was on the SouthEastern United States. They didn't know that Florida was the first settlement. One knew of Jamestown and they didn't know the story on Georgia. That was fun.The idea that indentured people were sort of like slaves was quite new to them. When I got through with them, and yes, I did sort of go longer on the lesson than allotted but then, I'm a sub, I can. I got across the point that the SouthEastern part of the United States was the part that started it all. They thought the Pilgrims did. Sad but they are 3rd graders. People just do not talk to their kids about historical things anymore. I did almost bang my head on the desk when a couple said they thought Osceola was an explorer. This is the second gifted class that has said that. We have a real problem folks. It's going to get worse.
We of Southern roots do have a vested interest in how our history is portrayed and it's sealed in blood.