History has a way of twisting and bending itself over prolonged periods of time which results in certain facts not being a fact at all, but rather, a confusing misconception. Here are some of the most famous, if not infamous, facts about American history that are actually not true.
Slaves Were Finally Free in the US Due to The Emancipation Proclamation
Although this claim is widely believed to be true, The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, in fact, brought freedom to no slave. The acts of the Proclamation were imposed only in the Confederacy, and those states were under a massive rebellion at the time and were not interested in following the word of law. With the Union states that were still holding slaves being openly excluded from the proclamation, the legal document served more as a promise of what was to come, rather than serving any actual purpose.