Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Were Our Ancestors Stupid?

*****UPDATE: Just to clarify, the title of this post is meant to take a stab at those who just believe historical myths without looking into them and then believe that somehow they 'weren't smart or enlightened' back in the day. While I appreciate comments and discussion, please ACTUALLY WATCH my "Death by Petticoat?" video rant before commenting. Thanks! :) *****

Forgive the bluntness of the title, but this is something that's been bothering me. Was "death by petticoat" really one of the leading causes of death for women in the 18th century? And what did they know of disease or putting out a fire? I answer these questions (or at least attempt to) in the following video.
I did mean for this to be a short little video, but my rant ended up going on for longer. Sorry! :D



Blogpost of mine on this subject and a couple other myths:
http://tiffanyapanwritingproject.blogspot.com/2015/12/three-widely-spread-historical-myths.html

Andrews McMeel Short Film (which I think demonstrates the absurdity of believing the longheld death by petticoat myth):







REFERENCES:

Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked by Mary Miley Theobald (book)

History Myths Debunked
http://historymyths.wordpress.com

Origins of the word disease
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=origins+of+the+word+disease

History of Firefighting:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_firefighting

The Historical Evolution of Burn Surgery:
https://www.dmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/Fernandez-Historical-Evolution-of-Burn-Surgery.pdf



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